40% SAFETY VIOLATIONS * Japan: Among chartered buses
* Nagano Pref. - Inspections reveal safety violations among 40% of Japan’s charter buses
-- The transport ministry uncovered safety violations in 66 of 165 chartered buses inspected after last month’s fatal crash in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, officials said... Because the inspections revealed more violations at smaller firms than at larger ones, the ministry is planning to review criteria for chartered bus operations... The Jan. 15 bus accident on a Karuizawa mountain road left 15 people dead, including its two drivers... Inspectors found that the proportion of buses in which violations were found, including not having detailed written route plans, topped 50 percent at firms with 20 or fewer buses... ESP, the Tokyo-based operator of the crashed bus, had a fleet of 12. The ministry found 33 cases of violations by that company in its special inspection after the accident...
(Nagano, Japan - Police officers direct buses during a surprise inspection Jan. 21 in Tokyo after a tour bus crash in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, killed 15 passengers, including its two drivers) -- Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan - Kyodo/The Japan Times - Feb 15, 2016
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