The charter bus was en route to a casino when it ran off the road in Colusa County and flipped, killing eleven people. Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones says the bus company wasn’t properly licensed – and neither was the driver. That prompted him to craft new legislation, with a simple message:
“One strike and you’re out.”
Jones says existing penalties are minimal, and bus companies would simply move elsewhere in the state. Under the new law, any bus company caught operating illegally is permanently banned from doing business in California. He says the law could have made a difference in the Colusa crash:
“This particular operator had run afoul of the law in other locations in the state, and so this could have been prevented, if he had been shut down as a result of one strike elsewhere.”
Jones says the California Highway Patrol does regular inspections of bus companies. He hopes the increased penalty will make those inspections more effective at getting illegal operators out of California.