You are here

bus safety

DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

National Registry Will Improve Safety for Travelers, Health of Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning today, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

FMCSA Shuts Down Two Bus Companies in Massachusetts, Trucking Company in Texas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has revoked the operating authority of two Massachusetts-based bus companies and declared a Texas trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety, resulting in the shut-down of all three carriers for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers, passengers, and the motoring public at risk.

FMCSA Shuts Down Bus Companies in Georgia and South Carolina, Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

All declared to be imminent hazards to public safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of four motor carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers, passengers and the public at risk.

FMCSA Shuts Down Salem, Mass. Passenger Van Company for Disregarding Safety Regulations, Endangering the Traveling Public

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Salem, Mass.-based passenger carrier D’Boston Transportation, LLC, USDOT No. 2456132, to immediately cease all passenger transportation services due to widespread and serious noncompliance with federal safety regulations that has endangered the lives of its drivers, passengers and the motoring public.  A closely related company, D’Family Transportation, LLC, USDOT No. 2332595, ordered out-of-service in Dec. 2013, was also cited in today’s federal shut-down order.

A little homework makes Spring Break travel smoother, safer

With loads of snow still on the ground across the country, it might seem out of place to let people know that--for much of the nation--this weekend brings a return to Daylight Savings Time. But it's true; early Sunday morning--2:00 a.m.--on March 9, we spring forward by setting our clocks an hour ahead.

Generally, that means more sunlight later in the day. But it also means an hour less sleep that first night, and--at least for a short time--it means darker mornings. With safety as our first priority here at DOT, we want to remind you to stay particularly alert behind the wheel while your body adjusts to the time change.

Infographic on Drowsy Driving

FMCSA Shuts Down Georgia-based Bus Company for Failing to Ensure Vehicle and Driver Safety, Endangering the Traveling Public

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Atlanta-based STSC Transportation Services, Inc., USDOT No. 2350604, to immediately cease all passenger transportation operations after finding that the company was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers.  Although the company is registered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company operates service between Philadelphia and New York City.

FMCSA “Quick Strike” investigations improve bus safety before holiday rush

Every day in America, a tremendous number of people travel by motorcoach.  In fact, fifteen percent more trips are taken on motorcoaches than on airplanes. 

That's why we're on the front lines of motorcoach safety.  This week we announced the results of an unprecedented eight-month push called “Operation Quick Strike” to shut down unsafe motorcoach companies. 

The outcome?  Fifty-two bus companies and 340 buses put out of service and removed from the road.

Photo of motorcoach inspection