New app lets you review bus safety records

The rise of smartphones has made an unprecedented amount of information available to consumers at the click of a button or swipe of a finger.

A new app called SaferBus extends this to the realm of intercity bus travel. The app was launched this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The free app lets you scan safety records for nearly 6,000 interstate commercial bus carriers. You can check the safety record by searching for a company’s name or their Department of Transportation registration number.

You can contact a bus company for the registration number, but if you are checking the app while waiting to board a bus the information should be on the side of the bus. You can also search through the records here.

In addition to letting riders see safety performance records from the last two years, SaferBus also lets riders report bus safety issues to the National Consumer Complaint Database.

The app is designed for the iPhone and iPad, but iTunes says it is also compatible with the iPod touch.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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