Feds crackdown on unsafe bus companies

Feds crackdown on unsafe bus companies

POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:12am

UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:16am

A sweeping crackdown on *unsafe* bus companies could affect affect how you travel this holiday season. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down 52 bus companies and pulled some 340 vehicles off the road in what's being called "Operation Quick Strike."

Two deadly accidents, in just a year, spurred a nationwide crackdown on bus companies deemed unsafe for the road.  Last December a crash in Oregon killed nine 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.

According to U.S. Transportation officials, bus companies ferry more than 700 million passengers a year. Officials recommend that you can go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website to check out bus companies' records before you decide to buy your ticket.

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