The licenses of eight poor-performing charter and tour bus companies have been suspended by the Cuomo administration over safety concerns.
"The frequent, and at times flagrant, violations of state and federal safety regulations by charter bus companies has gone on for too long and put too many lives at risk," Governor AndrewCuomo said in a statement.
All of the companies failed at least three roadside inspections of buses or drivers in the past six months. They are now required to cease operations by the end of the week.
The suspension means 100 buses will be pulled off the road. The Cuomo administration said the Department of Transportation will review vehicle fleets, drivers' records and company finances to determine whether the suspensions can be lifted.
If the companies fail the inspections, they will be permanently barred from operating in New York State.
The governor also announced the DOT will add 20 new bus inspectors.
The changes come after a deadly bus crash in the Bronx earlier this year that killed 15 people and other deadly crashes involving New York-based bus companies in recent months.
The following carriers are being suspended:
- BEST TRAILS AND TRAVEL CORP
- PARTY RIDE
- A & W TOURS INC
- Touch of Class & Coach, Inc.
- Silver Star Limo Company, LLC
- Zoladz Limousine Service
- Long Island Limousine Service Corp.
- Big Apple Bus Charter, Inc.