American Bus Association Leading the Industry: Forming New Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (June 2, 2015)
The American Bus Association is again taking a significant leadership role in the motorcoach industry, announcing the formation of a new council - The Bus Maintenance and Repair Council - known as BusMARC.
BusMARC’s mission is to raise the level of maintenance awareness in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry, providing shop managers with the tools they need to build and improve their existing programs. Also, BusMARC seeks to provide relevant and timely information to assist maintenance personnel when it comes to inspections and audits and share information, including the industry’s “best practices.”
BusMARC is being created because ABA and its members believe there is a significant need in the motorcoach industry to assist companies, of all sizes when it comes to collaborating on maintenance and repair issues. Industry and government officials understand that well-maintained motorcoaches, on regular maintenance cycles, are the safest vehicles on the road. BusMARC will bring together experts to collaborate on these maintenance issues, and ABA believes BusMARC will enhance safety for the hundreds of millions of people who travel by bus each year. BusMARC seeks also to improve the relationship between motorcoach owner/operators, company maintenance directors, operations staff and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) and businesses that make and supply replacement parts to the industry.
BusMARC's first Chairman will be Mike McDonal, the General Manager of the Maryland-based motorcoach company Eyre Bus Tour and Travel. Mr. McDonal is a past chairman of the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) and currently serves on a number of key industry-related committees. Eyre Bus Tour and Travel is one of the industry's leading motorcoach companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Membership in ABA is not required to be a member of BusMARC. All motorcoach owners, operators, maintenance professionals, shop supervisors and leaders from other segments of the industry, are invited to join. The first meeting of BusMARC will be held in conjunction with the ABA's Marketplace, January 9-12, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.
"Recently ABA's leadership including its Board Chairman John Meier, Vice Chairman Don DiVivo, and board members began discussing the need and concept for BusMARC. We believe developing BusMARC is the next step, because of the critical role maintenance is now playing when it comes to government compliance and the overall well-being of our travelers," said Mike McDonal. "In sharing the expertise of our industry's maintenance professionals, we can raise the standards and improve the relationship with the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) and others. It's our goal to make sure the buses on the road every day are as well-maintained as possible and to reduce the downtime of our equipment."
"Mike McDonal will do a great job starting this important council. His leadership with the Bus Industry Safety Council, as its past chairman and as one of the industry's foremost safety and maintenance experts, will be critical developing BusMARC," said ABA Chairman John Meier. “Motorcoach safety and maintenance go hand-in-hand. ABA is pleased that once again we can take a significant leadership role in the industry with the formation of BusMARC that benefits our members and the traveling public."