2022 Winter BISC Meeting
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX

The Bus Industry Safety Council is your forum to address the latest safety and compliance topics that affect motorcoach operations.

Register:

Register for BISC Online

All Bus Operators use the "Buyer Representative" registration option, all Suppliers and Vendors use the "Seller Representative" registration option. Government Employees should self-select that option. Select the BISC meeting or BusMARC meeting or BusWorld meeting as activities if you.plan to attend those sessions, to ensure that we get accurate counts, have enough materials, and can ensure comfortable distancing for all participants.

Housing:

Link to ABA Marketplace Hotel Block

Must be registered to reserve a room. All Bus Operators & Government Employees use the "Buyer" housing option, all Suppliers and Vendors use the "Seller" housing option.

BISC Meetings Include:

  • Presentations on the topics that matter, such as the latest with entry level driver training, COVID-19 rules, drug and alcohol clearinghouse, DOT drug testing and other regulatory, security, maintenance, and compliance topics.
  • Top speakers. Administrators of FMCSA, TSA, and NTSB Board members have all spoken at recent BISC meetings.
  • Open access to the Marketplace exhibit floor, featuring products, vendors, services, and new-coach exhibits
  • Education seminars and limitless networking opportunities
  • Fun Marketplace evening events
  • Co-located with the Bus Maintenance & Repair Council meetings, floor education displays

Schedule:

Date Time Session/Activity Location

Fri. Dec. 17

2 pm BISC-BusMARC Preview Webinar Webinar
Tues., Jan. 4 2 pm BISC-BusMARC Orientation Webinar Webinar
Date

Time

Session/Activity

Location
Sun., Jan. 9 9 am - 11:30 am

BusMARC Site Visit - Location #1

 

Lone Star Coaches

Sun., Jan. 9

12 pm - 3:00 pm

BusMARC Site Visit - Location #2

Prevost Service Center
Sun., Jan. 9 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

BusWorld Session

Effective and Efficient Cleaning and Sanitizing Buses and Coaches  

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)

Panel: Jan Deman, Dominic Manuele, Marcus Möseler, Ryan Baker, David Rolls

Moderated: Richard Tackett, BusRide

Description: As people start traveling again, passengers want to know that their mode of transportation is clean and sanitized to help stop the spread of viruses. A recent Busworld Foundation research program has indicated the absolute need for effective air purification and sanitization of surfaces, in addition to the existing ventilation systems. In this seminar, different techniques and technologies for air purification and sanitization of surfaces will be presented. They are not only applicable in new vehicles but can be retrofitted in today's fleet.   You will learn sanitization strategies, methods and products that can be added to present operations. Come and listen to best practices, learn how to implement necessary hygienic measures, and how to increase ridership by telling your passengers about it. 

Dallas 5-7

Sun., Jan. 9 5:30 pm - 6 pm

BISC-BusMARC Orientation Session - Meet Our Mentors

Description: Get a feel for who and what the Bus Industry Safety Council and the Bus Maintenance and Repair Council are, when they will meet, what they discuss and how you can get involved. The mission of the BISC and BusMARC is about improving motorcoach safety and ensuring that your bus is ready to travel safely down the road. If you are a safety, compliance or maintenance professional, this is where you need to be.
 

Dallas 1-2
Date Time Session/Activity Location
Mon., Jan. 10 9 am - 10:30 am

BISC Opening General Session

Session Overview

Awards Presentations

Keynote Address

Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 10 10:30 am - 11 am

Break

 
Mon., Jan. 10 11 am - 5:30 pm

Safety & Maintenance Education Sessions

The sessons put together by BISC & BusMARC and brought to you by ABC Companies have been integrated into the overall ABA Marketplace education schedule and can be found by going to 16 sessions as part of the following tracks:

  • MOTORCOACH SAFETY
  • MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS
  • MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS
  • MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

Click here for Education Sessions

 
Mon., Jan. 10 11 am - 12 pm

BusWorld Session

Advanced Driver Assistance & Autonomous Driving Solutions for Motorcoaches

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)

Panel: Allen Jay, TBD

Moderated: Pam Martinez, DATTCO/BISC

Description: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the wave of the future. While many of these systems are becoming standard on new motorcoaces, they are all steps in the next phase of evolution as we move towards adding elements of automation to motorcoaches.

This session will focus on some of these new elements, find out how these systems can help your operations, how to maintain them, and any planned future developments.
 

Dallas 5-7
Mon., Jan. 10 11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

#3005: Drug & Alcohol Testing: Reasonable Suspicion

Speaker: Dale Tidwell, JJ Keller

Description: DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training is required under federal law and mandates that certain employers involved in transportation-related fields train their supervisors in identifying the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Commercial motor vehicle operators, airlines, railways, and transit organizations are among those commonly required to train their supervisors in reasonable suspicion determinations. With the broadened use of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, an increase in the number of states legalizing marijuana, and commercialized CBD use, Transportation supervisors have more on their plate to keep track of than ever. 

Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 10 11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: ABC Companies

Description: There is a lot for operators to consider before they buy or implement aftermarket components for essential safety systems. Learn more about the performance thresholds for aftermarket equipment, before you make your next purchase. In addition, take home a few tips on how better to maintain your in-use equipment to improve efficiency.

Marketplace Show Floor - ABC Companies Bus Display
Mon., Jan. 10 12 pm - 12:30 pm

MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: Bridgestone/Firestone

Description: With much of America’s motorcoach operations grounded for the past several months during the COVID-19 outbreak, fleet managers are eager to get back to work. But what does that look like in a world where buses have been sitting idle for 90-days or more?

Fleet management software systems that ensure vehicle efficiency, compliance, maintenance and safety are built to mainly monitor a fleet that is in motion – not one that is grounded. As the nation reopens from the coronavirus lock down, fleets need to move forward with a fresh outlook and new focus on maintenance standards.

During this session, we will look into tire maintenance best practices. How to adjust for anticipated air leakage, potential sidewall deterioration, any rebalancing or reseating recommendations.

Marketplace Show Floor - Bridgestone/Firestone Booth, # 1912
Mon., Jan. 10 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch Ballroom
Mon., Jan. 10 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm TBD  
Mon., Jan. 10 3 pm - 4 pm

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

#3008: FMCSA Update

Speaker: Loretta Bitner, FMCSA

Description: In this session, get a sense of what new regulations the Agency has put in place for 2022 and get an opportunity to directly address our regulators as they set out the top priorities for the Agency in the coming year. So many items to review, from the implementation of the Electronic Logging Devices, the evolution of the lease and interchange rule to the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Stay up to date on the future direction of our industry’s enforcement. 

 

Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 10 3 pm - 4 pm

BusWorld Session

How Green can the Motorcoach Industry Go?

(Joint Session with BISC & BusMARC)
Panel: John Warner, Alexandre Lalonde, Tim Sassen, Robert Smith, Brent Maitland

Moderated by: Jan Deman, BusWorld

Description: What are operators first experiences with low and zero emission motorcoaches today? What low and zero emission coaches are available on the market? What will be available in 3 to 5 years from now? How to compare upfront costs and ROI of electric coach operations with diesel? This session will provide guidance in what vehicles should be considered for your next purchases, whether you operate charters, tours, shuttles, commuters or long haul intercity motorcoach services. 

Dallas 5-7
Mon., Jan. 10 3 pm - 4 pm

MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: TEMSA

Description: You're happily driving along when suddenly your Check Engine light comes on or the dash display lights up with an error message. Panic sets in. Is the engine going to blow up or is this just an annoying code that will go away? Many of the latest systems have the ability to display Diagnostic Trouble Codes, or DTCs. If not immediately available, a code reader can plug into the diagnostic port to retrieve them. Heavy duty diesel engines now can communicate all kinds of useful information, much of which also can be used to perform diagnostics or even modify/improve performance en route. The latest transmissions can display fault codes via the transmission shift control panel. This J1939 buss is used by the chassis manufacturer and also interfaces with various chassis elements, such as antilock braking systems, traction control, headlights and other accessories. Find out how to navigate these systems and what it all means!

Marketplace Show Floor - TEMSA Bus Display

Mon., Jan. 10 4 pm - 4:30 pm Break  
Mon., Jan. 10 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

#3011: Preparing to get New Hires on the Road and Up to Speed: The Realities of the Motorcoach Industry

Speaker: Jeff Brown, Idaho National Labaratory & Greg Hendricks, Salt Lake Express

Description: Learn how to avoid turnover by preparing your drivers for what it is like to drive professionally. Train current drivers and mechanics to be mentors. We will discuss how to inform your new hires, in a positive way, about being away from home, long hours, breakdowns, accidents, upset passengers, being on call, and dealing with family emergencies when on the road. 
Grapevine 3-4
Mon., Jan. 10 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

#3012: TSA Updates

Speaker: David Cooper, TSA

Description: With more and more vehicle-involved terror attacks happening around the world, eliminating soft targets and boosting preparedness is key. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has some best practices and guidance to help you better prepare your motorcoach operations for an unexpected emergency and how to respond. They also have some timely updates on the Surface Transportation Security Training Rule, Cyber Security preparedness, critical resources and key intelligence to help you prepare for the months ahead. Have you done a BASE Assessment recently? Hear how you can get one requested and start improving your security posture today!

Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 10 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm

MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

BusMARC Marketplace Floor Byte

Speaker: MCI

Description: There is a lot for operators to consider before they consider changing their HVAC setup, the type of filters they use or their preventative maintenance program in this new COVID-19 reality. Learn more about the performance thresholds for this equipment and what might work best for you as you get back to full-time operations. Plus don't let improper battery maintenance, keep you from putting your best foot forward. During this session, learn how to avoid battery drain, tips to improve battery health and how to jump start your operations.  As we begin to restart things again, we don't want to see you stuck with any maintenance problems at the side of the road. In addition, take home a few tips on how to better maintain your in-use equipment to improve efficiency and performance.

Marketplace Show Floor - MCI Bus Display
Date Time Session/Activity Location
Tues., Jan. 11 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Safety Education Sessions

The sessons put together by BISC and brought to you by ABC Companies have been integrated into the overall ABA Marketplace education schedule and can be found by going to 16 sessions as part of the following tracks:

  • MOTORCOACH SAFETY
  • MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS
  • MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS
  • MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

Click here for Education Sessions

 

Tues., Jan. 11
 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

#4003: NTSB Update

Speaker: Michele Beckjord, NTSB

Description: The National Transportation Safety Board is one of the agencies that initiatives a post-accident investigation following a fatal accident and makes recommendations to the industry as well as the government on what steps can be taken to avoid similar accidents in the future. What lessons can we learn from recent fatal motorcoach and school bus crashes? Find out at the next presentation by the NTSB.

Grapevine 1-2

Tues., Jan. 11
 

9:30 am - 10:30 am MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

#4002: OSHA Overview: Regular Reporting and Future Compliance

Speaker: Dave Bolen, Academy Bus & Jeff Petrunak, Daecher Consulting Group


Description: We are all adjusting to the significant impact of COVID-19 in the workplace and the regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and health of our employees and customers. In this session, we will review the annual and new OSHA recordkeeping requirements as it relates to COVID-19 as well as discuss COVID-19 laws and legal updates and trends facing the industry in the coming months. There are also a number of compelling questions that you must consider for your passengers and your employees before you get going. What are some key questions to ask your staff and your insurance provider to help minimize any potential claims? With the assistance of the peer-to-peer sharing of our lauded industry experts, let BISC help show you the way!

Grapevine 3-4

Tues., Jan. 11
 

11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

#4006: Safety Director 101

Speaker: Mike McDonal, Saucon Technologies & Jeff Marley, Lancer Insurance

Description: This is another offering in a new series of sessions, specially designed for brand new fleet managers, safety directors, transportation professionals and even company owners. This session should help you understand the basics of what goes into a monitoring a fleet. After this session, you should be well on your way to being more in control of your operations.

Grapevine 1-2
Tues., Jan. 11 11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

#4007: The Dangers of Speeding and How to Prevent it

Speaker: Gary Catapano, MAGTEC Products Inc. & Dr. Judy Agnew, Aubrey Daniels International

Description: Speeding is one of the most deadly behaviors fleet operators and managers must contend with. It’s also one of the most difficult behaviors to change and prevent. The reason for this is deeply rooted in behavioral psychology and consequence history. In this session, you’ll learn how these consequences are the predominate influence in speeding. We’ll examine what can be done to change this – including  aligning your organizational consequences and culture. We’ll use real-world data to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced operating speeds and how operating above the speed limit decreases crash survivability. You’ll also hear results and data from safety technology pilots aimed at eliminating speeding and related collisions.

Grapevine 3-4
Tues., Jan. 11 12 pm - 12:30 pm Break  

Tues., Jan. 11
 

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch

Ballroom
Tues., Jan. 11

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
 

Break  

Tues., Jan. 11
 

3 pm - 4 pm

MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

#4008: Safety Director 101

Speaker: Mike McDonal, Saucon Technologies & Jeff Marley, Lancer Insurance

Description: This is another offering in a new series of sessions, specially designed for brand new fleet managers, safety directors, transportation professionals and even company owners. This session should help you understand the basics of what goes into a monitoring a fleet. After this session, you should be well on your way to being more in control of your operations.

Grapevine 3-4

Tues., Jan. 11
 

3 pm - 4 pm MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

#4009: Drug & Alcohol Testing: Reasobable Suspicion, Role Playing & Mock Scenarios

Speaker: Panel

Moderated: Pam Martinez, DATTCO & Dave Bolen, Academy Bus

Description: This session will present role playing of workplace scenarios designed to provide the attendees with "real life" practical situations that walk through a transportation supervisor's evaluation and assessment concerning a reasonable suspicion drug test determination. Each workplace scenario will contain several key questions that lead the supervisor through the decision making process concerning a reasonable suspicion test determination. 
 
Grapevine 1-2
Mon., Jan. 13 4 pm - 4:30 pm Break  
Tues., Jan. 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

BISC Closing General Session

Session Recaps

Human Trafficking Update: Busing on the Lookout

Uplift Technology: The ROI, Impact, Experience of ADAS on Motorcoach Operations

Grapevine 1-2
       

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