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Official Proposes New Safety Measures For Tour Buses

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Bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx on Saturday, March 12, 2011 (credit: CBS 2)

Bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx on Saturday, March 12, 2011 (credit: CBS 2)

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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP)¬†— Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was proposing tougher penalties for rogue tour bus operators and policy changes to make it easier to put them out of business.

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The proposals were among a number of steps aimed at improving tour bus safety announced by LaHood on Thursday.

The move follows a spate of tour bus accidents in the Tri-State region, including the devastating March 12 crash which killed more than a dozen people returning from a Connecticut casino.

Another proposal would require companies to pass a safety audit before receiving federal operating authority. The audit would include an interview of the company’s owners and a safety examination of the company’s drivers and vehicles.

Drivers also could lose their commercial licenses if they violate drug and alcohol laws while operating a vehicle other than a bus.

LaHood’s announcement does not include requirements for seat belts and reinforced roofs and windows that safety experts say would make most bus accidents survivable.

Do you agree with these proposals? Let us know below…

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