Federal, state and local police agencies have conducted thousands of motorcoach and other passenger carrier inspections at popular travel destinations nationwide since Aug. 23.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Ann Ferro joined state and local officials at a commercial bus checkpoint to observe the safety inspection of motorcoaches, tour buses, and other commercial passenger vehicles.
The Washington, D.C. checkpoint was part of FMCSA's annual National Passenger Carrier Strike Force, during which federal, state and local police agencies conduct thousands of motorcoach, charter bus and other passenger carrier inspections at popular travel destinations across the U.S. The sweep runs from August 23 to September 4 and is taking place in all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
"We owe it to the millions of passengers who travel on commercial buses to make sure that every bus on the road is as safe as possible," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
"By taking the Passenger Carrier Strike Force to some of the nation's busiest travel destinations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be able to reach a greater number of carriers and remove unsafe vehicles and drivers from the road," Ferro said. "This safety initiative is a crucial part of our efforts to prevent crashes and save lives."
In addition to these strike force sweeps, FMCSA performs roadside safety inspections of commercial buses daily throughout the year. In 2009 alone, FMCSA and its law enforcement partners inspected more than 130,000 commercial buses, which led FMCSA to place 4.3% of bus drivers and 7.6% of buses out of service for violations ranging from significant vehicle deficiencies to hours-of-service non-compliance. FMCSA also performs strike force sweeps of household goods movers and drug and alcohol compliance throughout the year.
FMCSA strongly encourages travelers considering passenger carrier transportation to visit the agency's web site and review a carrier's safety .
FMCSA also encourages the public to report unsafe carriers and incidents to its safety hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT or online at the FMCSA NATIONAL CONSUMER COMPLAINT DATABASE