Policy Papers

ABA is continually engaged on issues pending at the White House, Congress, the Department of Transportation, as well as State and Local Governments that affect the motorcoach, tour and travel industry. Below are some of the industry’s legislative and policy priorities

Transportation Planning

Motorcoach transportation continues to be treated as a second class mode or nonexistent in federal, state and local transportation planning. ABA continues to advocate for the industry.

Transportation Finance

In the 113th Congress legislators will look to sustain the Highway Trust Fund as a long-term funding mechanism through increased taxation and or new user fees.

Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted sweeping changes to the driver’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for truck operations.


The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and their allies in Congress are seeking to remove motorcoach drivers from the FLSA exemption.


The failure of federal agencies to enact a comprehensive national inspection structure is not a failure of regulation but a failure of prioritization and enforcement.

Ports of Entry

In many cases United States ports of entry disenfranchise motorcoaches, drivers and passengers in ways that are disproportionate and inequitable in relation to other modes of transportation.

Passenger Security

Not one new federal dollar has been expended to protect Americans traveling on the nearly 700 million passenger trips provided by the private intercity bus fleet.

Motorcoach Safety

The compounded costs of federal mandates from 2000 – 2010 and the estimated implementation costs of MAP-21 will increase the purchase price of a motorcoach by as much as 60%.

Equitable Competition

Private intercity bus operators are encountering increased illegal competition from federally subsidized local transit agencies.