BISC Winter 2019 Meeting
Louisville Convention Center, Louisville, KY

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

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BISC Meetings Include:

  • Presentations on the topics that matter, such as the latest with ELDs, changes to CSA, motorcoach fires and other regulatory 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, services, and new-coach exhibits
  • Education seminars and networking opportunities
  • Fun Marketplace evening events

Schedule:

Date Time Session/Activity Location
Sat., Jan. 26 12 pm - 1 pm

BISC Executive Committee Meeting

 

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Sat., Jan. 26 3 pm - 4 pm

BISC Orientation Session

Description: Get a feel for who and what the Bus Industry Safety Council is, when they will meet, what they discuss and how you can get involved. The mission of the BISC 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.

M111
       
Date Time Session/Activity  
Sun., Jan. 27 9 am - 10:30 am

BISC Opening General Session

Keynote Address: The Honorable Raymond Martinez, FMCSA Administrator

M112
Sun., Jan. 27 10:30 am - 11 am

Break

 
Sun., Jan. 27 11 am - 5:30 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

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Sun., Jan. 27 11 am - 12 pm MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

ADAS– Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Speaker: PANEL

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.
M111
Sun., Jan. 27 11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

Dealing with Fraudulent Worker’s Comp Claims

Speaker: Michelle Wiltgen

Description: This session is designed to be a comprehensive discussion on fraudulent claims. From defining fraud, to detection, to giving you tools you can use to identify the red flags, this session will better equip you to deal with this growing and expensive issue.

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Sun., Jan. 27 11 am - 12 pm MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

Creating and Utilizing Post-Accident Review Committees

Speaker: Rocky Bewley

 
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Sun., Jan. 27 12:20 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch  
Sun., Jan. 27 3 pm - 4 pm

MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

Navigating the Borders Expeditiously, New Programs from CBP

Speaker: Michelle Herron

Description: The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection has recently gone live with the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) for buses. This program has been available in the aviation industry for years. APIS enhances border security by providing border officers with pre-arrival and departure manifest data on all passengers and drivers on an arriving vehicle. This system will allow companies to transmit passenger data directly online. Carriers who participate and successfully transmit passenger data will be given priority over non-participatory carriers arriving at border crossings and will be cleared with decreased wait times.

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Sun., Jan. 27 3 pm - 4 pm MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

Recent Changes to the DOD Military Bus Program

Speaker: Howard Hicks
M108
Sun., Jan. 27 3 pm - 4 pm MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing

Speaker: Doug Engle
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Sun., Jan. 27 4 pm - 4:30 pm Break  
Sun., Jan. 27 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

TSA Update

Speaker: David Cooper

Description: With more and more vehicle-involved terror attacks happening around the world, eliminating soft targets and boosting preparedness is becoming key. The Transportation Security Administration 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 and key intelligence to help you prepare for the months ahead.
M107
Sun., Jan. 27 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm

MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

Is Your Drug & Alcohol Program in Compliance with US DOT Regulations

Speaker: Jeffrey Waxman

Description: This session will provde an overview of the drug and alcohol testing program requirements for transportation companies that fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). In the presentation, there will be discussion of the similarities and differences between FMCSA and FTA regulations, vendor oversight, and how to prepare for a drug and alcohol testing program compliance review. If you do any contract work with transit agencies or are unsure of the coming changes to both programs for 2019, this will be a session you wont' want to miss.

M108
Sun., Jan. 27 4:30 pm  - 5:30 pm MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

Tire Maintenance Best Practices 

Speaker: Patricia Meisenholder
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Date Time Session/Activity  
Mon., Jan. 28 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

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Mon., Jan. 28 9:00 am - 9:15 am

EDUCATION BITE

Update from the Sara's Wish Foundation on Motorcoach Seatbelt Use

Description: Seatbelt usage on motor coaches where seatbelts are available is as low as 15%.  A comprehensive, national campaign to increase seatbelt usage was initiated with a Safety Summit in DC on the Hill in October 2017.  It continues with important stakeholders forming a Seatbelt Safety Task Force in 2018. Come hear about the pilot program and research project that is underway, and get excited about saving lives and decreasing injuries with this important seatbelt campaign. 

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Marketplace Floor
Mon., Jan. 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

NTSB Update

Speaker: Mike Fox

Description: What happens when the National Transportation Safety Board initiates a post-accident investigation?  What are they looking for? What kind of access and information should you provide to the investigators?  Can you challenge their findings?  Learn the answer to these questions and more about the NTSB investigation process following a transportation accident. Also get updated on some of the findings from recent NTSB highway crash investigations.
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Mon., Jan. 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

Managing Up – Adjusting to New Roles as a School Bus Operator

Speaker: Ronna Weber
M108
Mon., Jan. 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

Making Adjustments, Planning Tours in the Post-ELD World

Speaker: PANEL

Description: As new technologies have emerged to help bus operators improve the safety performance of their vehicles as well as monitor driver hours of service, how is this impacting tour operators and group leaders that partner with motorcoach companies on trips? With the recent implementation of ELDs, let’s check in on how tour operators have adjusted and what additional changes are to come. Share tips and tricks to ensure compliance and successful partnerships.
M111
Mon., Jan. 28 10:30 am - 11 am Break  
Mon., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

Policy Potpourri

Speaker: Bob Crescenzo

Description: A review of policies and procedures that will impact your operations and potential liability after a claim. Do you have a policy for driver discipline? Do you have a policy for remedial training? Do you have a policy for ... Find out more during this important session.
M107
Mon., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

Ensuring Compliance with Equipment Testing and Efficiency Standards as In-Use Equipment is Maintained

Speaker: Keith McComskey
M108
Mon., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm

MOTORCOACH INNOVATIONS SESSION TRACK

Navigating Driver Injury Prevention, Helping Driver's to Implement Best Practices

Speaker: Bob Perry

Description: Learn how the latest in technology can coach drivers on lower back, knee, shoulder and rotator cuff injury prevention. Exercise therapy is the mainstay of treatment in modern musculoskeletal care. See how this new technology will increase driver engagement and compliance, while driving down injury costs. 

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Mon., Jan. 28 12:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch

 
Mon., Jan. 28 3 pm - 4 pm

MOTORCOACH SAFETY SESSION TRACK

Driver Recruiting & Training

Speaker: Mark Szyperski

Description: Having trouble with driver recruitment? Mark Szyperski, President/CEO of On Your Mark Transportation, LLC will be sharing some of his firm’s recruiting secrets. However, there may be more of a problem than just finding drivers for your organization. Mark will be exploring those issues, as well.

M107
Mon., Jan. 28 3 pm - 4 pm MOTORCOACH MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SESSION TRACK

Benchmarking Your Maintenance Program

Speaker: Chris Henry

Description: Learn more about a new online tool that can assist bus operators in improving performance in key areas such as fuel mileage, maintenance, safety, operations and human resources, and ultimately profitability. While some companies already measure performance internally they may be missing key areas where improvements can have a direct impact to the bottom line. Get an understanding of how a virtual benchmarking platform that is accessible 24/7 and completely anonymous works, as well as how to monetize your maintenance program.
M108
Mon., Jan. 28 3 pm - 4 pm MOTORCOACH REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE SESSION TRACK

FMCSA Update

Speaker: Loretta Bitner
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Mon., Jan. 28 4 pm - 4:30 pm Break  
Mon., Jan. 28 4:30 pm - 6 pm BISC Closing General Session M112
       
Date Time Session/Activity  
Tues., Jan. 29 9:30 am - 12 pm TSA Vehicle Ramming Security Workshop

Description: The session will include scenario-based presentations focused on intelligence and information sharing; planning; interdiction and disruption of ramming events; physical protective measures; on-scene security, protection, and law enforcement; and mass search and rescue operations. This event will also include a discussion of recent vehicle ramming activities, a review of the TSA Vehicle Ramming Guidance (issued May 2017), and a demonstration of potential vehicle ramming scenarios.
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Tues., Jan. 29 9:00 am - 5 pm BusMARC Events Offsite

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