March 26, 2012 | Issue #119

FMCSA Launches SAFERBus iPhone App.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its SaferBus iPhone/iPad application last week. The new app gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel.

"This new app gives Americans the information they need to make smart safety decisions when they book their next bus trip," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "As college students, families and tour groups start thinking about spring and summer travel, we encourage everyone to use the SaferBus app to look before you book your next bus trip."

The SaferBus app, designed for the Apple iPhone and iPad, can be downloaded for free by visiting the Apple iTunes App Store or going to FMCSA's "Look before You Book" webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus. A screenshot of the app is also available at this site.

SaferBus provides access to safety records on nearly 6,000 interstate commercial passenger carriers operating in the United States today, which includes privately operated motorcoach, school bus and tour bus companies.

"While ABA has questions about the way CSA scores are presented, we still find this app to be a great resource for consumers," said ABA President & CEO, Peter Pantuso, CTIS. "ABA has always advocated for giving consumers easy access to safety records so that they can make an informed decision before they ever get on a bus. And now this app will allow many consumers to access the most up-to-date safety information from the palm of their hands. That's a step in the right direction."

Click here to download the app