Bus travel is one of the most popular, least expensive, and safest ways to travel. If you don’t have access to the School Bus system you will need to hire a motor coach. But, with more than four thousand registered, for-hire motorcoach companies to choose from, it’s important to select one that will ensure your travelers arrive and return safely.
Here are the top 3 things to consider alongside price before you book your next trip.[divider top=”no”]
1. Choose a Safe Company
Have both a USDOT number and operating authority registration from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration (FMCSA)—the Federal government agency responsible for the enforcement of laws relating to commercial motor vehicles.
Maintain insurance coverage of at least $5 million.
Provide accessible motorcoach service, using buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and securement areas for individuals with disabilities in accordance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation ADA regulations.[divider top=”no”]
2. Find a Safe Driver
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a passenger endorsement. Federal regulations require a driver to have a CDL when operating a vehicle designed to transport sixteen or more people, including the driver.
A valid medical examiner’s certificate. Bus drivers must possess a medical examiner’s certificate that indicates they are in compliance with applicable physical qualification requirements.
A safe driver should also have a history of safe driving experience.[divider top=”no”]
3. Plan a Safe Trip
Know the rules, follow the rules, and keep your group safe. It is important to allow enough time to reach your destination safely. Interstate motorcoach drivers must comply with Federal hours-of-service regulations, which state:
No interstate motorcoach driver can drive more than ten consecutive hours.
No interstate bus driver can drive for any period after having been “on duty” for an extended period including sixty hours in any seven consecutive days (if the driver’s employer does not operate every day of the week) or seventy hours in any eight consecutive days (if the driver’s employer does operate every day of the week).
More information from FMCSA[divider]
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