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Group meets to talk bus and truck safety, impact on business

On behalf of Kammholz Law PLLC posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

A couple of months ago, a deadly bus accident took place involving a group of tourists on their way to New York. The image of the wreck likely is not difficult to remember; 15 people were killed in the likely avoidable commercial accident. Accidents like that one, including truck accidents that kill and injure others on the roads, inspired a recent meeting organized by the National Transportation Safety Board. Federal lawmakers, traffic safety experts and workers from the busing and trucking industries met to try to come to common ground regarding effective and business-friendly safety regulations. According to the Associated Press, some traffic safety advocates' and lawmakers' past work has been faced with consistent inaction. For example, a proposal to require seat belts in buses was presented back in 1968. Have you ever been in a bus with seat belts? No. That's because they still are not required. A common factor behind avoidable truck and bus accidents is fatigue. Sources report that about one-third of commercial vehicle crashes are caused by drivers who are too tired to be behind the wheel. That's why one important safety proposal is to limit the number of hours that drivers are allowed to drive, by decreasing the limit from 11 to 10 hours per day. To ensure that the safety standard is met, safety advocates propose that commercial vehicles use a tracking system that measures how long a driver is behind the wheel. Of course, this proposal gets to the business of the trucking and bus industries. Such imposed time limits, workers fear, would negatively impact the money that the industries bring in. An economic hit is the last thing that any business needs at this time in the country. Some of the other suggested safety improvements would include technological systems in buses and trucks that would control speed and detect accidents, which would cost money. The recent panel discussion didn't produce any solid agreements regarding future actions to create safer roads. With money being as tight as it is and businesses being as worried as they are in this economy, any safety changes would likely happen very slowly. What do you think would be the most important change to bus or truck safety regulations? Source The Associated Press: "Panel to focus on deadly truck, bus accidents," 10 May 2011

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