BISC - Winter Meeting 2018
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

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. 27 12 pm - 1 pm

BISC Executive Committee Meeting

Session Evaluation Survey

211A
Sat., Jan. 27 2:30 pm - 3:30 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.

203AB
       
Date Time Session/Activity  
Sun., Jan. 28 9 am - 10:30 am BISC/IMG Opening General Session 203AB
Sun., Jan. 28 10:30 am - 11 am

Break

 
Sun., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm

Driver Screening Tech
Presented by the BISC Human Performance Committee

Description: Finding the next generation of drivers is a concern for many operators, particularly when your state, country or school district requires a background check. Get a rundown of what types of background checks are available to you, how to document them and meet your obligations as an employer. Utilizing this new blueprint for success may help your business and help you find the drivers that you desire.

Session Evaluation Survey

210A
Sun., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm

NTSB Update - Investigation Background

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.

Session Evaluation Survey

203AB
Sun., Jan. 28 11 am - 12 pm

Becoming a Certified 3rd Party Driver Tester

Description: Far too often prospective drivers are held up in the process of getting their CDLs and getting to work by delays in the state mandated testing program. Either scheduling difficulties or back logs in the testing queue, some drivers are being forced to wait weeks to get tested. Some states have enabled a new solution, allowing private companies to become 3rd party testing facilities. If your state allows it, and you have the space, this may be a solution for you. Learn more from the experiences of bus companies who have gone this route.

Session Evaluation Survey

210B
Sun., Jan. 28 12:20 pm - 2:15 pm All-Delegate Lunch  
Sun., Jan. 28 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

ELD Enforcement
Presented by the BISC Govt Activities Review Committee

Description: As new technologies have emerged to help bus operators improve the safety performance of their vehicles upon the highway, the tools available to law enforcement also continue to increase in their capabilities. With the new recent implementation of ELDs, let’s check in on how enforcement is going so far. Share your tips and tricks to ensure compliance.

Session Evaluation Survey

203AB
Sun., Jan. 28 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Negligent Hiring/Retention
Presented by the BISC Workplace Health & Environmental Safety Committee

Description: We all make bad hiring and firing decisions, but did you violate the law with your process? Are you now facing liability concerns? Avoid some of the common pitfalls that can derail your company’s operation and find out more about the ins and outs of a successful hiring and retention process.

Session Evaluation Survey

210A
Sun., Jan. 28 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Changes in the European Bus Market, Electric Intercity Buses are Coming

Description: New buses are about to hit the mainstream. Find out about the latest technology, as well as how to maintain it as was presented at this year’s Bus World and what to expect in the US market in the near term.

Session Evaluation Survey
210B
Sun., Jan. 28 3:30 pm - 4 pm Break  
Sun., Jan. 28 4 pm - 5 pm Progressive Driver Discipline
Presented by the BISC Human Performance Committee

Description: Every company has a driver handbook, rulebook, policies/procedures manual, etc. Don’t let the only time you look at it be after a major or catastrophic accident. When a good plaintiff’s attorney gets ahold of that driver’s personnel file, the question is often asked why the company didn’t follow the progressive disciplinary policy that it had?  Why wasn’t that driver fired (or suspended, or censured, etc.) sooner? Be equipped to handle those situations.

Session Evaluation Survey
210B
Sun., Jan. 28 4 pm - 5 pm A Case Study of How to Use Telematics Data

Description: In order to be effective, your safety technology has to communicate how safety managers should make improvements to ensure that drivers are performing at their best. Telematics systems provide amazing safety analytics that will help managers monitor, evaluate and perfect safe operations for their passengers. Learn more about what to do with the feedback you receive to help improve safety and performance.

Session Evaluation Survey
210A
Sun., Jan. 28 4 pm - 5 pm

TSA Update and Vehicle Ramming Guidance Review
Presented by the BISC Security Committee

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.

Session Evaluation Survey

203AB
       

Date

Time Session/Activity  
Mon., Jan. 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Human Trafficking
Presented by the BISC Security Committee

Description: Could an employee or a criminal organization be moving illegal contraband in your motorcoach? Find out what training tips you can pass on to your staff to help stop a transfer of illegal fire arms, drugs or even people on your next motorcoach trip. Learn what to look for and take action today.

Session Evaluation Survey

210B
Mon., Jan. 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Government Affairs Update I
Presented by the BISC Govt Activities Review Committee

Description: Over the years, the motorcoach industry has advocated for less regulation. At the end of 2017, DOT’s issued a notice on regulatory reform offering the industry this precise opportunity, to recommend modification and removal of a variety of regulations without legislative action. Walk through what the industry proposed through the regulatory reform process and find out what’s next on the regulatory front for 2018.

Session Evaluation Survey

210A
Mon., Jan. 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am

ADAS: Part I
Presented by the BISC VTOC

Description: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the wave of the future. While many of these systems are becoming standard on new motorcoach standards, 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.

Session Evaluation Survey

201A
Mon., Jan. 29 10:30 am - 11 am Break  
Mon., Jan. 29 11 am - 12:00 pm Top 3 Causes of Workers Compensation
Losses and Steps to Mitigate Them
Presented by the BISC Workplace Health & Environmental Safety Committee

Description:  Do you have a safe workplace? Getting bogged down in a series of worker’s compensation claims can completely know your business out of profitability. Find out more about the top 3 causes for workers comp claims and strategies to help you avoid them.

Session Evaluation Survey
210B
Mon., Jan. 29 11 am - 12:00 pm Bus Fires

Description: Motorcoach fires have occurred with increasing frequency in the past few years. As more work is being done to understand the root cause of these fires and commonalities that can help prevent future fires, it is being discovered that multiple people within your company can play a role in helping to prevent fires. A new world-wide certification program to aid in preventative fire inspection is even being established.

Session Evaluation Survey
203AB
Mon., Jan. 29 11 am - 12:00 pm New Idle-Free Technology, Maintenance and Review of Laws

Description: Unnecessary engine idling is often tackled universally by company policies and a variety of local city regulations around the country. However, driver and passenger comfort is often paramount for many operators in differing operating environments during the summer and winter months. Walk away with a better understanding of the various idling rules nationwide and how to avoid fines for idling.

Session Evaluation Survey
210A
Mon., Jan. 29 12:20 pm - 2:20 pm All-Delegate Lunch  
Mon., Jan. 29 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Preparing for Audits in a Post ELD World

Description: Organizing your driver's supporting documents can be the key to surviving your next safety audit unscathed. What is required, and find out what is needed to prepare for your next visit. Learn some new tips and tricks to get your files in order.

Session Evaluation Survey
210B
Mon., Jan. 29 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Regulatory Update

Description: Repeatedly, the motorcoach industry has advocated for less regulation. At the end of 2017, DOT’s issued a notice on regulatory reform offering the industry this precise opportunity, to recommend modification and removal of a variety of regulations without legislative action. Walk through what the industry proposed through the regulatory reform process and find out what’s next on the regulatory front for 2018.

Session Evaluation Survey
203AB
Mon., Jan. 29 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ADAS: Part II
Presented by the BISC VTOC

Description: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are the wave of the future. While many of these systems are becoming standard on new motorcoach standards, 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.

Session Evaluation Survey
210A
Mon., Jan. 29 3:30 pm - 4 pm Break  
Mon., Jan. 29 4 pm - 5 pm BISC/IMG Closing General Session 203AB
       
Date Time Session/Activity  
Tues., Jan. 30 8:00 am - 12:00 am TSA Emergency Preparedness Plan Workshop 213AB
Tues., Jan. 30 12:20 pm - 2:15 pm  All-Delegate Lunch  
       

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