FMCSA to Pursue Research on Impact of Motorcoach Driver Compensation on Safety Performance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has announced it’s conducting a research project titled, “Impact of Motorcoach Driver Compensation on Safety Performance.” The purpose of the project, according to FMCSA, is to gather information on motorcoach driver pay and the associated safety performance of the driver, to see if there is a relationship between driver pay and safe driving.  

The ABA is opposed to this research initiative. Safe driving performance has nothing to do with driver compensation. Instead, this is a blatant effort to chip away at the current driver overtime pay exemption under the Federal Labor Standards Act. Further, FMCSA has no jurisdiction over compensation structures. The Agency is merely framing this initiative as “safety related” in order to claim authority to regulate driver pay. Finally, the methods and rates of what a motorcoach company compensates its drivers, is proprietary. In a highly competitive business environment such as the private motorcoach industry, such information is not readily shared.    

Currently, FMCSA is in the process of preparing a survey to send to motorcoach operators to gather data on driver compensation structures, to support their research. As part of this outreach, you or your company may be contacted and requested to provide information about your driver pay structure(s). The contact may come from either an FMCSA employee or the Agency’s contractor/subcontractor on this project, Maineway Services or Abt SRBI.

In the event you are contacted, ABA recommends not providing any information at this time.  Additionally, if you are contacted, we ask you to let us know of the contact and the specific request or questions you received.   

ABA will continue to seek more information from Congress and FMCSA regarding this initiative. We will also provide additional updates as necessary.

For more information about this research project, please click here.

Questions? Contact

Suzanne Te Beau Rohde, Vice President Government Affairs and Policy
Office: (202) 218-7224

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.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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