The Senate passed a bill which requires background checks for the criminal records of bus drivers on Thursday, shortly after another tour bus accident claimed the lives of four passengers.
"Bus drivers literally hold their passengers´ lives and safety in their hands. Those passengers should be able to trust that the driver is qualified to handle that responsibility," Senate bill sponsor Charles Fuschillo said.
New bus drivers will now have to hand in their criminal records including fingerprints before starting their job. All other drivers will be checked when renewing their commercial licences.