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Surprise Inspections

Yosemite, CA — 153 surprise tour bus inspections were carried over a five day period this month in Yosemite National Park.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and National Park Service, held surprise inspections for all commercial tour buses entering the park.

47 buses were found to be safe, 55 minor fix-it tickets were written, 35 written citations were issued, 27 verbal warnings were given, 22 buses were placed out of service for mechanical deficiencies and 10 bus drivers were ordered out of service for logbook violations.

Yosemite National Park receives approximately 3.5 million visitors per year, with approximately 250,000 arriving on a tour bus.

Park Officials say the purpose of the unannounced inspections is to ensure the safety of park visitors.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.