W.Va. increases inspections of commercial buses to bolster safety

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Public Service Commission says it is increasing inspections of motor coaches, tour buses and other commercial passenger buses.

The commission says the inspections are part of a joint effort with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.

The sweep is set to continue through the end of May. It is part of the PSC's year-round effort to raise the bar for bus safety and to protect bus passengers by taking unsafe operators and vehicles off the road.

As part of the inspection process, officers are inspecting buses for any mechanical problem, such as brakes, suspension, lights, emergency exits and engine defects. Bus drivers are also inspected to ensure they are operating at compliance with hours-of-service, medical fitness, commercial driver's license and other federal and state safety rules.

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