Mariposa & Yosemite

More than half of buses flagged in surprise inspection at Yosemite National Park

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Buses line up in Yosemite National Park to go through a surprise bus inspection in Yosemite Valley.
National Park Service photo Buses line up in Yosemite National Park to go through a surprise bus inspection in Yosemite Valley.

Five tour buses were taken out of service because of mechanical problems after a surprise inspection at Yosemite National Park.

More than half of the buses reviewed during the two-day inspection had some sort of problem, according to park officials. The inspections involved mechanical and safety checks, reviews of drivers' qualifications and checks of the tour companies' authority to transport passengers. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said that 23 vehicles were released with no violations

Cobb said 28 vehicles were issued minor violation notices for repairs and 24 violation notices were issued to companies and bus drivers. Five buses were placed out of service for mechanical problems and five drivers were ordered out of service for driver's logbook violations and driving without proper classification. Additionally, two buses were ordered out of service for not having California authority to transport passengers.

The inspection was a part of "Operation Road Check," a national traffic safety enforcement campaign, and organized by several government agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the San Francisco Police department, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the California Public Utility Commission.

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