(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government is announcing new steps on Thursday to boost the safety of those who travel by bus.
The steps come less than two months after a tour bus carrying gamblers back to New York from a casino in Connecticut crashed in the early morning hours, killing 15 on board.
It's precisely those long haul buses that the government is worried about, and faced with horrific accidents over the years, the Department of Transportation is trying to crack down.
The DOT plans to boost testing standards for bus drivers, and starting this spring and summer, it will conduct spot inspections of tour buses at sporting events, national parks and amusement parks.
The department wants more authority to go after unsafe bus companies that have reopened under a new name after they were forced to shut down, and it also wants to increase fines for bus companies that are operating without permits.
Futhermore, the DOT is setting up a website to help consumers check to see if the bus company they're riding on has a good safety record.
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