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City boosts oversight of public transport

SHANGHAI traffic authorities beefed up the monitoring of inter-provincial public transport by demanding that bus drivers with a record of drunk driving, overloading or speeding not be hired in the city.

It's the latest effort the traffic administration has taken to address safety concerns after a series of fatal long-distance bus accidents occurred near Shanghai and elsewhere around the country.

Health checks are also required during the recruitment of drivers, said officials with the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration, referring to a new regulation about inter-province transport.

"Bus companies and long-distance transport service operators with frequent violations will face restrictions," traffic officials said.

Companies with severe violations will be suspended from operation, they said.

The inter-province transport industry has been accused of lax management and supervision. The profession is known for its heavy workload and high pressure.

The push to improve safety came after a bus accident on April 22 in Changshu killed 14 people. The driver tested positive for drugs and detained.

The bus was owned by a Shanghai-based vehicle company, which was found to have hired many drivers without "knowing about their physical or mental conditions."


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