New York City bus operators with an out-of-service rate of at least 25 percent or vehicles that fail inspection are rated "unacceptable." All buses with an out-of-service rate greater than 25 percent are placed on the unacceptable list. The acceptable list of operators includes rates ranging from 10% to 25%.
According to records, 48 bus operators were on the most recent "unacceptable" list, while approximately 200 were on the "acceptable" list. More than 1,200 operators made the "preferred" list, which includes those with below 10% out-of-service rates.
For buses that pass inspection, the driver must also complete a safety protocol as part of the requirements for commercial drivers. Crash causes range from driver error and distractions to vehicle/equipment defects and road damage.
Every year, operators in the "unacceptable" category are subject to at least two comprehensive safety inspections. According to New York's transportation department, they may also face a variety of "corrective actions," such as violation notices leading to civil penalties and suspension or revocation of interstate operating authority.
The team at Brandon J. Broderick extends our deepest condolences to the affected families. We are reminded of the unpredictability of life and the significance of ensuring road safety. These incidents highlight the importance of routine vehicle maintenance, particularly for vehicles that transport our most precious children.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Farmingdale School District, the Pellettiere and Ferrari families, and all those affected by this tragic event during these difficult times.