With the prevalence of bus riding on the increase, new discount bus lines have cropped up with many bus lines operating between San Francisco and Los Angeles. However, riding some of these discount bus lines can be dangerous. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that the discount bus lines are 7 times more likely to be involved in bus accidents causing injuries than traditional bus lines.
In fact, last year one bus crash between two carriers ended in a fatality and several other individuals suffered serious personal injuries. In an effort to address consumer concerns about bus safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released its SaferBus application that allows bus riders to check the safety of the bus company prior to purchasing a ticket.
As stated in a press release, "SaferBus is FMCSA's first step at making our thorough safety data on commercial bus companies available through smartphone technology," "By placing a bus company's safety record in the palm of your hand, SaferBus encourages riders to think safety first, supports our agency's commitment to make bus travel as safe as possible, and provides good bus companies a way to highlight their positive safety records."
This app comes after a report released last October by the NTSB highlighted key safety issues, including high bus accident rates.
By allowing greater access to safety information through the app, hopefully bus companies themselves will focus on efforts to make their motorcarriers and drivers more aware of potential dangers and increase bus safety.
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