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Feds look to improve bus safety


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is proposing tougher penalties for rogue tour bus operators and policy changes to make it easier to put them out of business.

The proposals are among a number of steps aimed at improving tour bus safety announced by LaHood on Thursday.

Another proposal would require companies to pass a safety audit before receiving federal operating authority.  The audit would include an interview of the company's owners and a safety examination of the company's drivers and vehicles.

Drivers also could lose their commercial licenses if they violate drug and alcohol laws while operating a vehicle other than a bus.

LaHood's announcement does not include requirements for seat belts, reinforced roofs and windows that safety experts say would make most bus accidents survivable.

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