Green light for lawsuit over safety of San Francisco school buses

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The state Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit by two former San Francisco bus mechanics who accuse a transportation company of supplying the city with unsafe school buses.

The mechanics said Laidlaw Transit’s 200 buses, which have carried San Francisco’s schoolchildren for more than 20 years, sometimes had thin brake linings and inadequate tire treads and were not inspected as often as the law requires.

Laidlaw pointed out that the California Highway Patrol gave the buses passing grades in annual inspections and that the school district accepted the vehicles without objections while renewing the company’s contract in 2010. Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith dismissed the suit, saying the evidence showed no significant violations of Laidlaw’s obligations to the district.The state Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit by two former San Francisco bus mechanics who accuse a transportation company of supplying the city with unsafe school buses.

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