American Bus Association Applauds FMCSA for Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Proposal

Today, the American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach travel – commended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for its announcement of its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, which will help improve the safety measurement data for the industry.

“The motorcoach industry has been seeking a means for requesting data reviews of accidents for a long time and we applaud the FMCSA for taking the steps to make this a reality,” said ABA President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso. “This program will help keep our members from wrongfully having blights on their safe driving records when accidents are not their fault. We look forward to working with the FMCSA throughout this process.”

According to the FMCSA announcement, the Administration proposes to develop and implement a demonstration program to determine the effectiveness of a program to conduct preventability determinations on certain types of crashes that are generally less complex. The agency proposes to accept requests for data reviews (RDRs) that seek to establish the non-preventability of certain crashes through its national data correction system known as DataQs. FMCSA’s notice proposes that the agency would accept an RDR, as part of this program, when documentation established that the crash was not preventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver.

A crash would be considered “not preventable” if the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) was struck by a motorist who was convicted of one of the four following offenses or a related offense:

1. Driving under the influence;

2. Driving the wrong direction;

3. Striking the CMV in the rear; or

4. Striking the CMV while it was legally stopped.

The proposed minimum time period for this crash preventability demonstration program would be 24 months.

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.

Contact

Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
Office: (202) 218-7220
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