In the wake of several tire blowouts leading to deaths and injuries in double-decker commercial bus accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a warning bulletin to bus companies. The bulletin points out that when a double-decker bus is fully loaded with passengers, its weight might exceed the weight limits on its tires, increasing the risk of a serious bus accident.
The bulletin came out after two separate Megabus accidents caused injuries and deaths within a week of one another. On August 2 in southern Illinois, a blown tire sent a bus careening into a bridge pillar, taking the life of a passenger. One week later, on August 8, a Megabus in Georgia caught fire after a blown tire accident.