Motorcoach Safety Leaders to Meet in Baltimore Highlighting Industry Improvements (June 16, 2015)
Improving the safety of the motorcoach industry is what the American Bus Association’s Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) stands for. When more than 120 motorcoach company owners, safety directors, operations and maintenance professionals meet in Baltimore June 22-24, they will have a dynamic, educational program that is sure to benefit the entire industry.
Collaboration and finding solutions are what the BISC is all about. At these semi-annual meetings and on regular conference calls, the members work together to identify regulatory and compliance issues of concern and how the industry can best address them. The knowledge is shared among motorcoach companies, manufacturers and others to improve the safety and reliability of the travel experience for the hundreds of millions of people who take trips on professionally operated, privately owned motorcoaches each year.
Here are some of the scheduled meeting highlights:
- Getting to know more about the federal agencies that regulate and oversee bus operations
- Developing an in-depth understanding of the causes of bus fires and prevention measures
- Learning more about the Federal Transit Administration’s new bus safety program
- NTSB Board Member Earl Weener, Ph.D. will address the group as its keynote speaker and discuss improvements companies can make to their safety management systems.
Earlier this year the motorcoach industry won an important victory in Congress. Lawmakers earmarked three million dollars for the Department of Homeland Security; specifically to re-institute the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program. ABA is seeking to have the program expanded in 2016 with additional funding. On June 24th, the BISC is also offering a one-day Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sponsored security training exercise, featuring table-top exercises as well as a live-action drill. The training is designed to help motorcoach owner/owners prepare and respond to a possible terrorist incident at a large scale event, as there will be many high profile events anticipated for 2016, including the visit of Pope Francis.
“This is going to be a critical meeting of the BISC and I know the members are very excited about the wide variety of safety topics they will be discussing,”said BISC Chairman Stephen Evans, the Vice President of Safety for Pacific Western Transportation. “Transportation Security is always a high-level topic and working with the TSA to strengthen the motorcoach industry is important.”
“ABA once again would like to thank the ABC Companies and other key sponsors who continue to support the mission of the Bus Industry Safety Council generously. Their leadership is a real endorsement of the importance of what the BISC is doing all year round,” said ABA President/CEO Peter J. Pantuso. “The motorcoach industry provides more than 600 million passenger trips a year. Making sure everyone gets to their destination safely is the highest priority of the BISC and all of our ABA members.”
Reporters are invited to cover the BISC meeting. Please contact ABA Communications at the number below for more information.