Federal officials have been paying particularly close attention to bus companies after the Sherman bus crash earlier this month. The Houston Chronicle reports that around 300 bus companies are currently operating in Texas.
A representative for the Texas Department of Transportation told the newspaper that two out of every five Texas charter bus companies have been ordered to cease operations in the last two years. Several of these companies are still operating under a different name.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been cracking down on bus companies that they find to be shady. The administration ordered Autobuses Rio Verde of Irving to cease operations because of its relationship to a questionable bus company responsible for two deadly accidents.
The FMSCA reported that Autobuses Rio Verde and Green River Buses had the same vehicles, drivers and management. Autobuses Rio Verde popped up only six weeks after Green River Buses was ordered to shut down.
The Sherman bus crash was the deadliest bus crash since 2005. The event has sparked a crackdown on businesses that are operating with sup-par satisfactory ratings.
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