Feds Shut Down 26 Chinatown Bus Lines
Don't worry: Fung Wah and Lucky Star are OK
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2012 9:27 AM CDT
Passengers in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood in New York wait to board a bus to the Mohegan Sun casino Tuesday, March 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – They're cheap, they're convenient, and according to the federal government, many Chinatown buses were also death traps. Authorities cracked down hard on Chinatown bus operators yesterday, shutting down 26 companies that they said were part of an "unscrupulous" network of bus operators that flouted federal rules, the New York Times reports. Chuck Schumer and Ray LaHood held a press conference in Chinatown to denounce the carriers, who shuttled up to 1,800 passengers a day from Manhattan to cities along the coast for ludicrously cheap fares.

Those fares allegedly came with cut corners; Inspectors say companies hired drivers without checking their backgrounds, or even whether they had a valid license. They didn’t test them for drugs either, or make sure they were getting enough rest between trips. "Shutting them down will save lives," LaHood said. But two of the best-known operators, Fung Wah and Lucky Star were left unscathed in the crackdown. "We are not saying all of the discount curbside bus companies are bad," Schumer said. "It's a good industry."

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Jun 3, 2012 12:48 AM CDT
My husband thinks this is another government scam. Get rid of the small businesses so the big ones get all the business. I see this so much with the government. I mean lets ask ourselves if they are really caring about saving lives. I myself wonder who paid whom for this.
Jun 1, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
Want some info on how a Washington bureaucrat spends his time? Guess who's behind the .08 BAC limit for DUI's. (Ray LaHood) He threatens to withhold highway funds to those states that don't comply with the low standard. Guess who's behind the crackdown on Federal and state DOT compliance. (Ray LaHood) One of my trucks hauling a simple load of 6 pieces of 1 1/2" pipe x 20'-0 was ticketed because my driver only had two boom chains and not the required three. One for every ten feet. $346.00 fine. Seat belt crackdown? (Ray LaHood) Ever notice that motorcycle riders fail to buckle-up and they aren't ticketed? But here is one of my pet peeves that really is dangerous and yet the bureaucrat LaHood turns a blind eye. Ever see a roll of blown-out tire along the freeway. Hell, they are every quarter mile rolled up in a lane or alongside the road. Well those tire carcases are from retreaded truck tires and when they blow, pray you are no where near or in it's path. And when in your lane, how many times have you had to dodge that hunk of rubber in the middle of your lane. Retread tires are flat out dangerous. You see, LaHood is trying to make his bureaucratic mark on America and he's doing it on the backs of American business and your freedoms. And all these fines they collect, doesn't go to schools. What do they do with it. There isn't an audit procedure for the fines. So, if you want to know what impact a faceless bureaucrat in Washington has on your daily life. Ray LaHood, director of the Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.
Jun 1, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
so how many accidents have these "death traps" had? short answer: NONE There is the reason they give and the real reason. always.