Video: Results of CHP report on tour bus company at center of San Francisco crash released


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Results of a California Highway Patrol report are now in on the tour bus company at the center of a horrific accident in San Francisco last month.

Twenty people were seriously hurt when a City Sightseeing tour bus lost control in Union Square.

KRON’s Justine Waldman reports the company failed in a few different places. The report indicated out of the six inspected, four of those buses are out of service. And overall, the company got an “unsatisfactory” rating.

The random inspection happened right after the tour bus crash in Union square. And the results in the report show the City Sightseeing Preventative Maintenance Program is not adequate to ensure the buses are kept in safe and proper operating conditions.

“Any violation that puts a vehicle out of service is considered a bad violation,” CHP spokesman Kevin Dee said.

He inspected six of the buses and found several violations including:

  • A steering issue
  • Brake lights not working properly
  • An Emergency exit not working
  • A fuel leak

“They cannot operate the vehicle…until the items are fixed,” Dee said.

The report also shows the company also failed to inspect its own fleet every 45 days. Some drivers were not enrolled in the DMV’s Pull Notice System, which allows employers to monitor their employees’ driving records.

Plus, the company did not keep proper driving logs. And several drivers were not enrolled in a drug testing or background check program.

The bus company has 120 days to fix the issues. Then, the CHP will do another random inspection to see if all the violations are corrected.

City Sightseeing sent KRON a statement saying:

“We are in receipt of the California Highway Patrol’s comprehensive inspection of our buses,” said Christian Watts, CEO of City Sightseeing San Francisco. “The CHP review identified certain issues that they’ve directed us to resolve,” said Watts. “We resolved all vehicle-related matters right away, with most issues being fixed on the day of the inspection. The remaining issues in the report are related to past paperwork procedures. As a result, we have instituted operational changes to our internal processes to ensure future compliance. We have invited the CHP in writing to return at their convenience to confirm that all issues in the report have been resolved.”

“We are awaiting word from the California Highway Patrol and the San Francisco Police Department regarding their investigation and analysis of the Union Square crash. We continue to cooperate fully with the investigators to help them find the answers they – and we – seek.”

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