DOT touts Obama administration record on bus safety

“We have seen the tragic consequences of unsafe practices — whether it’s ignoring fatigue regulations, providing inadequate driver training, or failing to conduct the proper maintenance of a bus or motorcoach," he continued. "We continue using all of the tools at our disposal to get unsafe carriers off the road and hope that Congress will act on our proposal to provide us with the necessary authority to expand our safety oversight.”

DOT said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had put eight bus companies out of service in just the last month.

The agencies have been criticized for the enforcement of its orders, however. The company involved in the May 31 crash in Virginia, which killed four people, had been ordered to cease operations by the DOT, but it was allowed to continue during a window that was extended to file its appeal during which the accident occurred.

The company was shut down immediately the following week.

Several lawmakers have filed legislation to make changes to bus safety. Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada Mandel leads GOP primary for Ohio Senate seat: internal poll Red-state Dems need more from Trump before tax embrace MORE (D-Ohio) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) have introduced a bill to require seat belts and stronger windows on buses, and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) has proposed buses be required to display their safety ratings like restaurants.