California governor signs tour bus safety inspection bill

Bystanders look on next to an open-air tour bus, at right under scaffolding, that crashed into a construction site near Union Square Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in San Francisco. Officials say there may have been as many as 30 people aboard the bus. There's no word on the conditions of the injured. (Mike Koozmin/San Francisco Examiner via AP)

SACRAMENTO (AP) —¬†California’s governor is approving stricter safety standards for charter and school buses following high-profile incidents.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he signed three bus-safety bills.

One enacts National Transportation Safety Board charter bus safety recommendations that Congress has not adopted. Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens introduced the change after a bus carrying high school students to Humboldt State University collided with a tractor-trailer, killing eight bus passengers and both drivers.

Brown also signed a bill by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia requiring new safety equipment on school buses to prevent children from being left unattended.

A third bill gives the California Highway Patrol stronger authority to inspect charter-bus terminals and order potentially dangerous buses out of service.

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