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Fatal crash bus lacked inspection, had illegal license

THE tour bus that crashed head-on into a truck in Changshu City on Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 20 others, did not receive timely vehicle checks and its inter-province charted bus license was illegally issued, police and traffic authorities said yesterday.

Shanghai Yiliu Vehicle Renting Service Co, which rented the bus to the travel agency that organized the tour, has been suspended from further operation, said Shanghai traffic and port officials. Yiliu has about 50 buses.

Company officials said Wang Zhenwei, the driver who has been detained after he tested positive for methamphetamine, had worked for two months but that they did not have a contract with him. The company said it knew little about the driver's physical condition. Wang had not had enough sleep before the accident.

The multiple failures on the bus's safety checks and licensing exposed the lax management and supervision in the inter-province transport system. Local traffic authorities are intensifying checks at bus stations and toll stations for safety issues and licenses, but the problems persist.

City traffic officials said it's not easy to detect drug use in driving, unlike the quick testing in drunk driving.


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