The California Highway Patrol conducted a surprise inspection on 54 buses Sept. 7 and 8 in Yosemite that resulted in 65 violations and five buses placed out of service due mostly to defective brake systems.
Additionally, two bus drivers were placed out of service due to licensing and log book violations.
The inspections focused on driver and carrier credentials, hours of service and overall mechanical readiness of each bus.
In most cases, on-site repairs were made or replacement buses or drivers were dispatched to Yosemite, in order not to inconvenience the bus passengers.
The goal of the inspections was to ensure tour bus safety by removing vehicles and disqualified drivers from service, thereby reducing possible traffic collisions.
Although the inspections were conducted in Yosemite, the operation undoubtedly helped improve safety on all Central Valley roadways according to the CHP.