Entertainer Motorcoach Council

The mission and purpose of the Entertainer Motorcoach Council (EMC) is to inspire a level of confidence in the safety, reliability, and quality of service for the operations of entertainer coaches employed on a charter or lease basis; actively promote the high-quality services of EMC members; and more.


The EMC is an organization of responsible owner-operators of high quality and professional motorcoach service in North America. These services are generally provided for the entertainer market, specifically those needing tour accommodations while they travel on the road from one performance venue to another.

EMC Updates

Make Your Voice Heard - Comments On Seatbelt Petition are Due by April 29.

Posted 4/4/2019 by Brad Tucker 

The National Highway Transportation Administration’s (NHTSA) recently opened a 30-day comment period on the petition from Hemphill Brothers for a temporary exemption from the three-point seat belt requirement at side-facing seats on entertainer type motorcoaches. Comments are due by April 29.

Linked below is a draft letter template that you may use to comment. All you need to do is open the letter and edit the portions highlighted in yellow and then submit to NHTSA.

Download the Letter Template

You may submit your comment, identified by the docket number in the heading of this document, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Click here to visit the Regulations.org page for the proposed rule. Click “Comment Now” in the upper right hand comment and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Please send the letters as soon as possible, your actions can help make all the difference in the success of this initiative. Comments are due by April 29.

If you need any assistance, please contact Brad Tucker at btucker@buses.org or 202-218-7206.


Posted 3/28/2019 by Brad Tucker

Today's Federal Register includes a notice from NHTSA seeking comments on Hemphill Brothers petition for a temporary exemption from the three-point seat belt requirement at side-facing seats on entertainer type motorcoaches.  There is a 30-day comment period on the petition, with comments due April 29, 2019.

Unfortunately, as we expected, the notice does not include the other 39 petitioners.  We have developed a template for identical petitions to be filed by the other 39 companies on the same basis as the Hemphill Brothers petition.  Unless I hear otherwise from any company on the call today, we will file these additional 39 petitions with NHTSA by COB March 29, 2019.

EMC Spring Meeting - May 15

Posted 3/28/2019 by Brad Tucker 

Join your colleagues in the entertainer motorcoach industry in Nashville. Attendees will hear from experts and officials on important issues unique to the entertainer motorcoach industry such as seat belt requirements and other regulations.

Click Here to Print Registration Form

Click Here to Register Online


Prospective and current EMC members with questions or requests should call (202) 218-7206 or email emc@buses.org.