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Jitney Bus Bill

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A new bill is being pushed that will help prevent jitney bus accidents by making sure that the drivers are qualified for the job.  This comes after an 8-month-old baby girl was killed after a distracted jitney bus driver who was talking on the phone hit a pole causing it to fall on the baby’s stroller.

Sibile was interested in learning more about these changes so she met up with Assemblyman Charles Mainor who is backing the bill.  He told her that this bill is all about safety saying, “It will make sure they are qualified drivers, they have to have the right kind of license, they have to have the right type of insurance, they have to have their vehicles inspected and there should be a code of conduct for these drivers.”

So to find out more about the safety of these buses Sibile hopped on board and what she found was that these buses were extremely cramped and that many of the signs that are posted for passenger’s safety were completely ignored.

In North Jersey alone thousands of people board these buses on a daily basis and these residents have a right to be safe.  In the studio, the Chasers debate if more regulations are the answer since passengers and bus drivers are clearly already breaking the current regulations that are in place.   

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