The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) will review the safety of motorcoaches. The review is being made with the intention of developing a department plan for improving the safety of multipassenger transport vehicles.
The call to action comes from the department after a tragic 2008 Utah motorcoach crash which killed nine passengers and injured over 40 others. In the aftermath of that crash, an investigation revealed that both mechanical and human factors contributed to the crash, including driver fatigue, lack of seat belts and other issues. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood made the call for the review public on April 30, 2009.
Although motorcoach crashes are uncommon, several factors make the cost of these accidents unacceptably high in both human and financial terms. The factors are:
- Lack of safety restraints put passengers at risk
- Long periods between stops induce driver fatigue
- The design of motorcoaches can lead to rollover accidents
- Weak roof structures fail to support vehicles in the event of a rollover
Several agencies within the DOT will be involved in the review, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The review is expected to be finished by August 2009. Once finished, the findings of the multiagency review will be used to make recommendations to manufacturers and motorcoach operators in order to improve safety.
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