Safety Violations Lead to Norfolk, VA Discount Bus Company Shutdown
Double Happyness is just one of eight discount bus comapnies that run a total of 13 daily routes from the cities of Hampton Roads to New York. Such so-called "curbside" buses have made news in recent months. In March 2011, for example, 14 people were killed in a tour bus crash after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Other passengers suffered severe injuries.
During the busy holiday season, it can be tempting to save a few dollars by buying a ticket for one of these discount buses. As evidenced by this latest shutdown, the savings are just not worth the safety risk. Many of the drivers work shifts back to back, with no time to rest in between lengthy drives. Additionally, many of the buses are old and poorly maintained.
Curbside bus companies are unreliable at best, and downright dangerous at worst. Consider this shocking statistic: The death rate is seven times higher on a discount bus than on a Greyhound.