Bus Industry Safety Council Honors Pete Worthington with First Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award (January 20, 2015)
In 2014, the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) created the Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award. It recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to improving the safety of the motorcoach passengers, who collectively take nearly 640 million trips on motorcoaches each year. The award was presented for the first time at ABA’s Marketplace in St. Louis, January 11, 2015.
The winner is Pete Worthington, who recently retired as a Vice President with DATTCO Transportation in Connecticut. His responsibilities included management of DATTCO’s equipment and fleet, operations, sales and overseeing a complete reorganization of the company’s operational systems. Mr. Worthington worked in the motorcoach industry for more than 50 years, beginning as a bus driver in 1963. Most of Pete’s career was with two companies, Vermont Transit, and DATTCO. Pete is also a former President of the Connecticut Bus Association and the former Executive Secretary of the New England Bus Association.
In addition to Pete’s extensive experience with those two companies, Pete has been a respected safety consultant and even in retirement, Pete continues to serve the industry as a part-time consultant and member of the Bus Industry Safety Council.
Pete is also one of the country’s foremost authorities on the American’s with Disabilities Act, and he has assisted countless companies with ADA compliance questions. For nine years, he served as a member of Easter Seals’ Project Action. The program is responsible for providing information and training to all forms of transportation (motorcoaches, subway and rail systems, Amtrak, taxis, and paratransit operators) about providing transportation services to people with disabilities. Pete was not only the Project Action motorcoach liaison, but he also assisted in the writing of language of the law and the rulemaking process from 1998-2002.
“Pete Worthington has done everything there is to do in the motorcoach industry. He started as a driver at Vermont Transit in 1963 and he held several key management positions there and made a significant contribution to that company before joing DATTCO. At DATTCO, Pete was responsible for much of our company’s growth since he joined us in 1991, and then again in 2011. He came out of retirement in 2011 to serve as our Vice President leading several departments. Pete’s focus has always been about safety, and I am so pleased that Pete is the first Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award Winner,” said DATTCO President and ABA Vice-Chairman Don DeVivo.
“For many years Pete Worthington and Norm Littler were dear friends, and both were instrumental helping to create the Bus Industry Safety Council. It just seems right that this award honoring Norm is presented to Pete. They both shared an unshakeable commitment to making our industry safer,” said ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso. “The work they started years ago continues today. They had a vision and the determination to create an organization where the entire focus is motorcoach safety, and everyone is welcome to collaborate and improve our industry. ABA salutes Pete for this award and we know that, even in retirement, he will continue to be a valued source of experience and wisdom.”
About Norm Littler
The late Norm Littler was ABA’s longtime Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Safety Council. He had a 41-year career in the motorcoach industry in Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mr. Littler was considered by government leaders and industry officials to be one of the top experts on transportation safety and regulatory issues.
Mr. Littler helped create the Bus Industry Safety Council. BISC is recognized as the motorcoach industry’s top peer-to-peer group, where small, medium and large motorcoach officials can work together to improve the safety of their companies and the industry. BISC holds two annual meetings, the first at ABA’s Marketplace in January and the second in June in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, visit http://buses.org/BISC.