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Greyhound Does Not Enforce Own Rule On Driver Fatique

At 1:33 a.m. on October 9, 2013, a Greyhound bus headed to Cleveland from New York slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on I-80 in Pennsylvania. One woman died and dozens more were hurt. The passengers believe the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, and a CNN investigation reveals Greyhound has not been enforcing one of its own rules meant to keep passengers safe. CNN has found that Greyhound, despite saying safety is a priority, does not enforce its own rule related to driver fatigue. Internal Greyhound documents show drivers are supposed to stop about every 150 miles, get out and walk around the bus, check the tires and stretch, to mitigate fatigue. But CNN discovered that the so-called rule, known as rule G-40, is treated as a guideline. It’s not enforced.  The company’s CEO, David Leach, in a deposition obtained by CNN, makes it clear that it’s up to drivers to determine if they’re tired. Leach also acknowledged that some of the longer routes could have drivers going twice as far as 150 miles without stopping. “So if they don’t feel they need to stop, it’s OK with you, as the CEO, that they drive 333 miles without a break?” the lawyer asks. “It would be fine with me,” Leach responds.  Read More>>

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