Authorities at LAX issue surprise safety inspections to tour buses

Last month we showed you that terrible tour bus crash in Palm Springs which killed 13 people. Whenever such a disaster occurs, attention focuses on how and how often…these buses are inspected.

- Airport police and CHP officers held a surprise vehicle inspection at LAX. Officials used the holding lot near the airport as one of three locations inspectors spent hours looking for maintenance issues on charter busses and making sure drivers are up to date with permits.

"Most of what we find is most of these vehicles are in compliance. One of the vehicles was missing a break system which needs to be repaired." reports CHP officer Kenneth Duke.

Officers checked every bus in the lot from the windshield wipers, to the horn and emergency exits.

During an inspection officer Kenneth Duke finds what looks like a serious issue near one of the bus' wheels.

"This is very serious. It'll have to stay here on scene, it'll have to stay on the lot for the time being," says Duke.

Officials say the inspections also give peace of mind to passengers who may be reminded of recent events like the bus crash in Palm Springs that took the lives of 13 people and injured 31 others.

"In a addition to the driver we are worried about all the passengers in the bus as well." Duke added.

Inspectors also found multiple permit violations with RIDE sharing services like Uber, Lyft and other limousine  companies passing through the airport.

Today more than 1,000 vehicles were inspected with dozens being taken out of service including several charter busses.

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