The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration needs more funds to be able to carry out vital bus safety initiatives that would prevent accidents. 2011 has been a deadly year for bus passengers across the country, with the fatality toll from accidents already standing at 25. Earlier this month, the chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spoke before a Congressional hearing, asking for more funds for her agency to prevent these deadly accidents.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro, her agency needs to be able to conduct more inspections of buses, especially long-haul carriers. Currently, the agency does not have the financial resources to hire the number of inspectors it would need to inspect every long-haul bus at least once a year. Additionally, Anne Ferro wants to hire more inspectors to be able to conduct surprise safety checks on buses.