Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is Reviewing Bus Safety Regulations the Proper Answer?

A bus can accommodate more people compared to cars because of its bigger size. When an accident occurs, the likelihood that someone will die or be injured is higher compared to other vehicle accidents.

What may be the reason why bus accidents, along with other road disasters continue to happen? U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may have the same question in his mind because he is planning to have a full departmental review concerning motor coach safety.

This plan was told a day after four French and one American were killed when a bus crashed in Soledad, California. The bus was carrying 34 French tourists, the driver, and a Canadian tour guide when the accident happened.

Spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) Rae Tyson said he expects the agency to offer new bus safety regulations before the year ends.

Hopefully, these new safety regulations will reduce the number of bus accidents. Bus drivers should also remember that they are responsible for the safety of the passengers whenever they are operating a bus.