The safety of our passengers, drivers and buses is the number one priority for our industry. And fortunately, we have a solid safety record to stand by when compared to other segments of the transportation world. That record is due to the efforts of our compliance, safety, and operational leaders at bus companies across North America.
However, these safety experts need a forum and venue to meet, bounce ideas and best practices off of each other and continue to enhance their safety and compliance knowledge. To better organize and bring together these industry leaders, ABA created the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC). The mission of the BISC is to continually raise the level of safety in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry through collaborative efforts of professionals in a workshop and educational environment.
This group meets regularly to discuss issues and innovations in the areas of safety, regulatory compliance, operations, technology and security. It is through the “open discussion and sharing” atmosphere that help our safety and security directors excel at what they do and continue the learning process.
Currently BISC has five standing committees that are organized to be effective and collaborative working groups on topics and issues facing the industry. These groups meet via conference call between the two face-to-face meetings that BISC holds each year and consider the issue requests submitted by BISC and the industry.
• Government Activities Review Committee – Helps achieve industry consensus on regulatory safety issues. The committee will review industry recommendations and best practices to help achieve regulatory compliance.
• Human Performance Committee - Addresses all driver safety and health, performance, recruitment and retention issues, and best practices for bus company employees. The committee also evaluates currently available training materials and develops new training materials based on industry needs.
• Security Committee – Improves the security of the motorcoach industry by reviewing and improving existing programs and developing security-related industry outreach materials. The committee reviews preparedness, resiliency, mitigation, information-sharing, and response of the motorcoach industry to security threats
• Vehicle Technical Operations Committee – Addresses all aspects of vehicle engineering and motorcoach operations and serves as a liaison with manufacturers of motorcoaches and component parts. The committee develops best practices and creates other materials.
• Workplace Health and Environment Safety Committee – Identifies, alerts and advises membership to emerging regulatory issues and industry best practices to improve safety compliance and performance. The committee also reviews safety practices and available products in the bus and motorcoach industry, develops training and educational programs and materials on industry safety practices and regulatory issues, and fosters professionalism in providing safety services to the bus industry.
The BISC has it all when it comes to covering safety, security and operational topics of the industry!
Want to learn more about BISC? Join us at ABA’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace in Cleveland, Jan. 15 – 16, 2017, where you can attend engaging educational and interactive sessions with renowned safety experts as well as representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transportation Security Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and other government agencies. For more information on BISC at Marketplace, click here.
BISC also will be transitioning its leadership this fall through online elections. A number of positions are now available! Get involved by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.