The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 7

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INDUSTRYVOICE

Motor Coach Travel is
the Safest Way to Go

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Christine Loo
christine@omca.com
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Bryan Metcalfe

by Doug Switzer

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very day, coach operators across
the country send out their buses,
confident that they will pick up
their passengers, deliver them safe
and sound, and come home. But as the
events earlier this year in Saskatchewan
involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey
team so clearly and tragically illustrated,
that is not always the case. It's a poignant
reminder to everyone in the industry of
the awesome responsibility they have for
the safety and the lives of those who get
on their coaches.
Fortunately, most people in our industry
understand that responsibility and they
make every effort to ensure that their
drivers are well trained, their equipment is
sound, and that they follow not only the
regulated requirements, but also industry
best safety practices, to make sure that
the buses get home safe. That's why motor
coach remains one of the safest ways to
travel, second only to airlines in fewest
number of accidents per miles traveled.
According to the Ontario Ministry
of Transportation's Road Safety Annual
Report, out of 775 fatal collisions in 2016
in Ontario, buses (including transit)
were only involved in six, which is less
than 1 percent. Furthermore, out of
68,156 total collisions, buses (including
transit) were only involved in 643, also
less than 1 percent. A Northwestern
University study found that compared to
other road transportation modes, bus travel
is by far the safest, with only 0.11 deaths
per billion passenger miles - compared
to 7.8 for cars, 0.43 for rail and 212.57
for motorcycles. Only air was slightly
safer, with .07/1bn miles travelled.
Countless other studies all say the same
thing: coach is the safest way to travel.
This is due in large part to the safety
efforts of the industry.
For example, a frequent concern raised
in the wake of the Humboldt tragedy

is the issue of seat belts on coaches.
The industry has been lobbying the
government for more than 10 years to
enact such a policy. Despite apparent
government indifference, the coach
industry has already largely adopted seat
belts on all new equipment. They now
come as standard equipment on all buses,
and as a result most coaches now have
seat belts. Despite the lack of government
regulation, coach manufacturers and
operators recognized that it was the right
thing to do.
As an industry, we can be proud of
the times we make that extra effort,
not because of some government
regulation, but because we care about
our passengers and our responsibility to
get them where they are going safely.
However, there will always be those
times when even the best efforts of the
safest operator are not enough and the
unthinkable happens. That's why we can
never rest on our laurels, why we can
never say, "We're done, we're safe enough."
Following the Humboldt tragedy, the
discussions at our board meetings weren't
defensive; instead they centred on what
more we can do as an industry to try and
avoid the next tragedy.
What's the next big thing in
safety? How can we get passengers to
actually use seat belts? How can we
use technology like Electronic Log
Books to prevent fatigue? What can
we do to improve driver training in all
commercial vehicles? Asking these kinds
of questions and looking for answers
is what will make us even safer.
Travel by motor coach is
unquestionably one of the safest ways to
travel. And because of the dedication and
commitment to safety by the people in
our industry, it will not only remain so,
but it will constantly get better, and all
the coaches will come home safe.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2018

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Less Taken
Southern Exposure
2018 OMCA Marketplace
UC Coach Lines
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 3
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 4
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 5
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 6
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 8
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 11
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 13
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - The Road Less Taken
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 15
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 16
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Southern Exposure
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 18
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 2018 OMCA Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - UC Coach Lines
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 21
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Port Stanley Festival Theatre
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 23
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Classifieds
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover3
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