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AP reports that a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation shows that passenger buses that are subpar and unsafe are still making it out onto the road.
NTSB reports that their investigation of a rollover crash in Texas was due to a bus driver falling asleep, but also discovered that the bus company had been using legal loopholes in order to allow the operation of subpar buses on the road.
The entire NTSB investigation can be viewed here on their official site. As a result of the NTSB investigation, the NTSB issued the following recommendations in order to improve bus safety by ensuring that buses are compliant with necessary inspections:
The list goes on to mention more ways for federal agencies to catch bus companies that fail to operate buses that are compliant with federal quality standards.
The NTSB mentioned how the bus company involved in the Texas crash was just the tip of the iceberg. AP quotes Robert Sumwalt, one of the three NTSB board members, as saying: "I think that this accident is the mother of all shell games." It turns out that the bus company was previously known by another name. The bus company owner had to shut the previous bus company down because it lost its insurance back in 2003 due to fatal accident a year earlier in Mexico.
Here's hoping the NTSB makes bus safety a priority in 2010.
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