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Following a recent pair of fatal bus crashes, the government is examining bus safety. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.
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If the news media were anywhere close to the in and out workings of bus transportation some very affective changes would take place. Many grandchildren and parents lives could be saved. The serious problems do not involve school buses or urban transportation. The big danger lays in charter service. The spokes people who testify and witness for the industry prohibit drivers from membership. Federal hearings have doctors testify on medical matters, and pilots testify on air safety, but when it comes to testimony on bus safety, organizations made up of tour operators who most often do not own buses, motel owners, resort operators, and vendors with a financial interest testify on behalf of the drivers. A few things should be evident; the industry can’t find drivers smart enough to speak with organized logic, the industry does not want a bus driver blowing the lid off of the little things that end up killing people, and last but not least, the industry has a very difficult time retaining drivers who will tolerate manipulation, deception, entrapment, and illogical government regulations at local, state and federal level.
I drove a motorcoach for seven years, and worked for a wonderful company. I do not have an axe to grind. Every day my employer had to sort out deception and manipulation, often from government operations, too minimize dangers and receive some type of return on investment. If the news media wants to spend about four hours interviewing drivers they may find the real reason children and seniors die in bus crashes.
They should be governed with the same rules as pilots and semi-truck drivers and all of them should have an age limit.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.
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