Records show New York fails to verify that repairs are made on vehicles

An analysis from the Times-Union in Albany, New York, found that the state has routinely failed to impose serious penalties or seek criminal charges against operators and transportation companies who take unsafe vehicles on the road. The investigation came after the crash involving a Ford limousine in upstate New York that killed 20 people in October. The…

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Lax oversight leaves patients at risk in Medicaid rides program

Georgia Medicaid patients have had their heads bashed, bones broken, their faces, and hands and knees lacerated in incidents that could have been avoided. They’ve been propelled out of wheelchairs or dropped from stretchers onto hard concrete, left with painful injuries that made their already-difficult lives even worse. Yet, despite years of such incidents, and…

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California port trucking companies forced drivers into debt, left them with nothing

USA TODAY NETWORK published its first in an investigative series, Rigged, today about the mistreatment of truckers based out of two major California ports.  Port trucking companies buried their poor, immigrant workers in debt, worked them past exhaustion and then left them with nothing. This ongoing investigation shows how executives pressed drivers to lease trucks…

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Twin Cities’ checks of Uber, Lyft drivers appear to be hit or miss

A criminal record or history of bad driving won’t prevent people from becoming Uber or Lyft drivers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Star Tribune identified 176 drivers for the ride-sharing companies and found that nearly a third had committed offenses that violated Uber and Lyft’s hiring standards or violated ride-sharing ordinances in the top…

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Allegiant Air planes are 4 times as likely to fail during flight as other major airlines

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that planes operated by Allegiant Air are four times as likely to fail during flight as those flown by other major U.S. carriers. Forty-two of the budget airline’s 86 planes broke down in mid-flight at least once in 2015. And while most U.S. airlines reported about…

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National Transportation Safety Board recommendations are continually ignored, with fatal consequences

NJ Advance Media found that 20 percent of the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations are never followed, and there’s nothing the board can do about it. The organization, which is responsible for transportation accident investigations across the country, has no enforcement powers and must rely on the power of persuasion to influence government regulators and…

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Private prisoner transportation companies operate with almost no oversight

Every year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects – many of whom have not been convicted of a crime – are entrusted to a handful of small, private companies that specialize in state and local extraditions. Twenty-six states and countless local law enforcement agencies use private extradition companies to fetch people who are taken…

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Greyhound fails to enforce its own safety rule

A CNN investigation found that Greyhound has not been enforcing a rule designed to keep bus drivers alert and passengers safe. Greyhound documents show that drivers are told to take breaks every 150 miles. But CNN found that the rule is more of a guideline than a mandate. Greyhound has no way of forcing its…

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Despite traffic infractions, South Florida school bus drivers allowed to stay behind the wheel

A review of driving records, disciplinary files and other records on more than 2,000 Broward and Miami-Dade county school bus drivers found that employees who have broken the law can stay behind the wheel. NBC6 found repeat offenders were allowed to continue driving school busses despite their involvement in vehicle crashes and traffic infractions. Documents…

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Tampa tow trucks violating law aimed at preventing drunk driving

WTSP-TV identified how illegal towing in Tampa was encouraging intoxicated bar patrons to drive their cars home, out of fear of towing. The story prompted immediate efforts to improve consumer protections outside bars and restaurants – not just in Tampa, but in neighboring cities now considering similar ordinances. The investigation is part of WTSP-TV’s series on…

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