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Private Bus Companies More Dangerous

November 1, 2011
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Privately owned bus companies charge low fares for trips between big cities and to gambling casinos.

A new federal report says they are much less safe than well-known carriers such as Greyhound. The report said privately operated “curbside” buses are seven times as likely to be in a fatal accident as other interstate buses.

They are the fastest growing mode of transportation in the United States. The report says driver fatigue and safety violations are the big problems. There are not enough inspectors to look after 53,000 buses. It also said companies change their names to avoid being regulated.

Even big companies, such as Greyhound and Coach USA are creating curbside carriers like BoltBus and Megabus.

To see a company’s safety record go to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assn.’s website. Consumers can look up companies near them by state or ZIP Code and see violations from the last two years.

The Los Angeles Times


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