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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Federal regulators have initiated an investigation into whether a local tour bus company should be immediately shut down after one of its buses crashed in the Central Valley, sending 15 passengers to the hospital. Marissa Padilla, a spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said the agency is working with the California Highway Patrol to investigate the cause of Monday's crash. The bus operator, Huntington Park-based Fronteras del Norte, has logged more than 200 safety violations relating to vehicle maintenance over the last two years, ranging from a broken cab door to defective brakes and insufficient emergency exits, according to records with the FMCSA.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Federal regulators have initiated an investigation into whether a local tour bus company should be immediately shut down after one of its buses crashed in the Central Valley, sending 15 passengers to the hospital. Marissa Padilla, a spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said the agency is working with the California Highway Patrol to investigate the cause of Monday's crash. The bus operator, Huntington Park-based Fronteras del Norte, has logged more than 200 safety violations relating to vehicle maintenance over the last two years, ranging from a broken cab door to defective brakes and insufficient emergency exits, according to records with the FMCSA.
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NEWS
October 17, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
The California Highway Patrol is starting to inspect commercial truck terminals this week under new vehicle safety standards, Commissioner Maury Hannigan said in Sacramento. The inspections were to begin this past summer under 1988 legislation, but the CHP held up enforcement because of several questions about the statute that were clarified in subsequent legislation. Under the program, commercial truck terminals are to be inspected at least once every two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | Alan C. Miller and Myron Levin, Times Staff Writers
U-Haul International Inc., the nation's leading provider of rental trailers and trucks, is inspecting its vehicles more frequently since The Times raised questions about the company's maintenance practices earlier this year, according to employees, managers and dealers. Interviews, internal bulletins and a recent field survey of U-Haul equipment indicated that management is pushing employees and dealers to be more vigilant about inspections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1995 | LORENZA MUNOZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles officials confirmed Wednesday that a second city trash truck suffered a breakdown similar to the garbage truck malfunction that killed two boys last week--and may have even occurred a third time.
WORLD
February 21, 2005 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Marines stepped up operations against insurgents in Ramadi on Sunday, part of an effort to clamp down on rebel strongholds as Iraqis tried to determine the shape of their new government. Marines set up checkpoints, began inspecting vehicles and imposed a curfew on the city, capital of Sunni-dominated Al Anbar province, where Iraq's insurgents have been most active.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1986 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Federal immigration authorities, seeking to bolster the detection of smugglers driving north with loads of illegal aliens or narcotics, unveiled preliminary plans Tuesday for a major new U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5. The planned $15-million facility--still at least three years away--would be inside Camp Pendleton and would replace the existing checkpoint, which immigration officials say is so overburdened that most smugglers can drive through undetected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | Alan C. Miller and Myron Levin, Times Staff Writers
U-Haul International Inc., the nation's leading provider of rental trailers and trucks, is inspecting its vehicles more frequently since The Times raised questions about the company's maintenance practices earlier this year, according to employees, managers and dealers. Interviews, internal bulletins and a recent field survey of U-Haul equipment indicated that management is pushing employees and dealers to be more vigilant about inspections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The trouble, Sandi Sterling complains, is the contrary of the computer-problem adage: Garbage in, no garbage out. Thursday was the ninth consecutive day that garbage in Sterling's upscale Encino neighborhood was not picked up by city trucks. After an accident caused by faulty equipment on a garbage truck killed two children last week, the city has delayed picking up trash in some areas while inspecting its vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1996 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County bus drivers say they plan to file a lawsuit today accusing the Orange County Transportation Authority of jeopardizing passenger safety by not providing drivers enough time for state-mandated safety checks and passing work to mechanics to take up the slack. At issue are daily inspections that, according to a letter from the California Highway Patrol, are "specifically a driver responsibility" that cannot be "delegated to someone other than the driver."
WORLD
February 21, 2005 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Marines stepped up operations against insurgents in Ramadi on Sunday, part of an effort to clamp down on rebel strongholds as Iraqis tried to determine the shape of their new government. Marines set up checkpoints, began inspecting vehicles and imposed a curfew on the city, capital of Sunni-dominated Al Anbar province, where Iraq's insurgents have been most active.
AUTOS
September 25, 2002 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Significant reforms of California's loosely regulated salvage automobile industry, which was scored in a series of state investigations and Senate hearings in recent years, were enacted last week in Sacramento. The reforms, touted by consumer advocates as trend-setting advances in auto safety, are contained in two bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2000 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The operation was barely minutes old when California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Pickens swung into action, pulling over a minivan speeding through Oxnard stuffed with strawberry pickers late for the day's harvest. The van was packed with nine people. Few wore seat belts. Two had no place to sit and squatted on the floorboard amid a tangle of blue jeans and work boots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1996 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County bus drivers say they plan to file a lawsuit today accusing the Orange County Transportation Authority of jeopardizing passenger safety by not providing drivers enough time for state-mandated safety checks and passing work to mechanics to take up the slack. At issue are daily inspections that, according to a letter from the California Highway Patrol, are "specifically a driver responsibility" that cannot be "delegated to someone other than the driver."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The trouble, Sandi Sterling complains, is the contrary of the computer-problem adage: Garbage in, no garbage out. Thursday was the ninth consecutive day that garbage in Sterling's upscale Encino neighborhood was not picked up by city trucks. After an accident caused by faulty equipment on a garbage truck killed two children last week, the city has delayed picking up trash in some areas while inspecting its vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1995 | LORENZA MUNOZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles officials confirmed Wednesday that a second city trash truck suffered a breakdown similar to the garbage truck malfunction that killed two boys last week--and may have even occurred a third time.
AUTOS
September 25, 2002 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Significant reforms of California's loosely regulated salvage automobile industry, which was scored in a series of state investigations and Senate hearings in recent years, were enacted last week in Sacramento. The reforms, touted by consumer advocates as trend-setting advances in auto safety, are contained in two bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gray Davis.
NEWS
November 16, 1993 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Environmental Protection Agency began drafting documents Monday that would allow it to impose sanctions on California as early as March for failing to overhaul the state vehicle inspection program. The sanctions could amount to a loss of as much as $750 million in federal highway funds.
NEWS
November 16, 1993 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Environmental Protection Agency began drafting documents Monday that would allow it to impose sanctions on California as early as March for failing to overhaul the state vehicle inspection program. The sanctions could amount to a loss of as much as $750 million in federal highway funds.
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