More than a hundred safety and maintenance professionals gathered just outside of Baltimore last week for the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) and Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) Summer Meetings. These meetings served as a forum to address the latest safety, maintenance and compliance topics that affect motorcoach operations both today and tomorrow and also allowed for attendees to learn from and network with administrative officials and other subject matter experts.
While the ABA staff works with safety and security regulators in Washington daily, the importance of meeting with regulators and other industry experts face-to-face and learning more about the ever-changing legal and regulatory trends in this dynamic industry, in the interest of improving motorcoach safety and security, cannot be understated.
The BISC Summer Meeting featured presentations by a number of the nation’s top transportation and safety experts on priority issues such as cybersecurity, whistleblower protections, company safety committees and ELD implementation. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials also attended and participate in the event, giving attendees a prime opportunity to get to know and build stronger relationships with their federal partners.
The BusMARC Summer Meeting kicked off with a presentation by NTSB on current and recently completed investigations, followed by sessions on topics such as mechanic recruitment, tire maintenance and fire prevention. The meeting concluded the next day with a visit to Gunther Charters & Tours, a Maryland State Police scalehouse and a Volvo engine plant, providing attendees with multiple hands-on learning experiences.
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. BISC meetings bring together bus industry safety and compliance professionals. BusMARC addresses the need for continuing maintenance education and compliance training as well as provide a new venue for equipment, parts and service providers to interact with the bus industry. BusMARC meets twice a year and holds regularly scheduled conference calls to help members stay apprised of industry issues, new equipment developments, regulations and best practices in the areas of motorcoach maintenance and repair.
If you are a safety or maintenance professional in the motorcoach industry, you are encouraged to join BISC or BusMARC. For more information on how to get involved, click here.
The next BISC meeting will be held in conjunction with the California Bus Association on October 17, 2017. For more information, click here. The next BusMARC meeting will take place January 2018 at ABA’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C. For more information on Marketplace 2018, click here.