Lawmakers urge reforms in wake of fatal West New York bus crash

Lawmakers to gather to push for stricter bus rules

Lawmakers to gather to push for stricter bus rules (8/6/13)

WEST NEW YORK - Several New Jersey lawmakers gathered today at the site of a fatal bus crash that killed an 8-month-old girl to push for tougher regulations on independent commuter bus operators in northern New Jersey.

Rep. Albio Sires says there needs to be more coordination between the state and federal government on oversight of the bus companies.

Assemblyman Charles Mainor introduced a bill in April that calls for an increase to the amount of insurance bus operators must carry and require a commercial license for all bus operators.

The group also pushed for stricter enforcement of laws currently on the books.

The crash last Tuesday killed 8-month-old Angelie Paredes, who was being pushed in a stroller on a sidewalk in West New York. Several other people were injured.

Authorities have charged the driver with death by auto and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle. 

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