Schumer Calls for Bus Safety Grades

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011  |  Updated 3:52 PM EDT
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the federal government to post letter grades for discount tour bus companies so consumers will be able to easily see the companies' safety records.

The measure is prompted by a string of deadly bus crashes since a March crash left 15 dead in New York City. Since then, the state has sidelined hundreds of buses and bus drivers in a stepped-up safety inspection program. Many drivers were found to have had multiple driver's licenses with histories of violations.

"This is a classic American way to get better bus safety," said Schumer (D-N.Y.), who announced the measure Sunday.

The safety information is already public record. But Schumer says a simple letter grade is needed to clarify the record, and it must be posted so customers can see it before they buy tickets.

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