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52 Bus Companies Shut Down for Safety Concerns

A sweeping crackdown on bus companies could affect affect how you travel this holiday season. Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down 52 bus companies and pulled some 340 vehicles off the road.
A sweeping crackdown on bus companies could affect affect how you travel this holiday season.
Thursday,  the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down 52 bus companies and pulled some 340 vehicles off the road.

Two deadly accidents in just a year spurred a nationwide crackdown on bus companies deemed unsafe for the road.

Officals dubbed it "Operation Quick Strike."

Last December, a crash in Oregon killed 9 people and injured 39 others.

Then in February, eight people died and dozens were injured when a bus wrecked in California.

Federal authorities shut down the companies involved in those accidents, citing serious safety issues.
 
And they didn't stop there, the agency launched a nationwide review of the most risky companies.

A spokesman for the American Bus Association agrees with the decision to shutter the unsafe operators

"There's a small number -- in this case 52 -- that have had chronic histories of having problems," says Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association. "They've had problems with their safety, problems with their reliability, they don't train their drivers to quite the same level.  And those are the types of companies that, as a consumer, you really do get what you pay for."

According to U.S. Transportation officials, bus companies ferry more than 700 million passengers a year.

They're convenient and cheap- ideal for many students and people traveling in large groups or with families.

But how do you make sure the bus you choose is safe?

Officials say it's important to check bus companies out online - especially at this time of year.

"It's holiday season, a lot of travel going on this time of year, kids coming home from college, families traveling," notes Anne Ferro, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator.
"We do want passengers to remember 'look before you book.' "



(Andrew Spencer, CNN)

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