Responding to recent deadly tour bus accidents, teams of federal inspectors will target bus companies with a history of problems as part of a national crackdown aimed at weeding out unsafe operators, the government said Thursday.
Over the next two months, inspectors will examine companies with a history of accidents or whose buses have been pulled off the highway by police and inspectors for safety violations, officials for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said. Inspectors will also physically inspect buses when they visit bus companies, rather than rely only on company maintenance records, as has been past practice, officials said.
The agency is working with state police to step up the number of buses pulled over violations. Federal inspectors will also be combing the agency's databases to find bus companies that share ownership or addresses, officials said.