When a bus company has a pattern of unsafe practices and a history of accidents, the Federal Government should protect the public and shut the transportation motor carrier down until the safety violations are corrected. The Washington Post reported the recent SkyExpress bus crash in Virginia was noted, especially as reckless driving and driver fatigue were factors in the fatal bus accident. The Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigated the company, finding that SkyExpress has been involved in several accidents and was cited for 46 violations of drivers being fatigued. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records, SkyExpress Inc. buses have been involved in four crashes, with an injury or fatality during the two-year period that ended May 20.
The company’s drivers have been cited for 17 unsafe-driving violations, including eight for speeding, since 2009, according to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It received a 62.9 percent rating, meaning it performed worse than nearly 63 percent of comparable transportation companies. Other recent crashes, including one involving another company in March that killed 15 people returning to Chinatown from a Connecticut casino, demonstrate that the bus industry will not take essential steps to protect passengers’ safety unless required by the government, according to the Washington Post news report. The Senate is considering a bus safety bill, which would help prevent further interstate bus fatalities and catastrophic crashes.