The Road Explorer - Fall 2012 - (Page 6)
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Improving Coach Safety Is Everyone’s Business
by Doug Switzer
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here has been a lot of media attention on safety issues in the motor coach and coach travel industry lately, most of it fairly negative. While the facts show that coach travel is still one of the safest ways to travel, and incidents, particularly fatal crashes, are relatively rare, when we do have an accident it is sure to attract media coverage that leads to negative perceptions. And as the old adage goes, perception is reality for many people. As a result of this attention, governments on both sides of the border and, indeed, all over the world, are looking more closely at safety issues with an eye to “improving” coach safety through new regulations and tighter enforcement. In the US, as a result of a series of high profile crashes, the recently-passed Highway and Public Transportation law requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and FMCSA to conduct at least eight studies or reports related to a wide range of motor coach industry safety issues, some of which include motor coach fires, retrofitting all motor coaches with seatbelts, making windows less prone to popping open to reduce passenger ejections, and requiring electronic stability control systems. Further, as a result of the investigation into a March 12, 2011, accident in which a motor coach collided with a vertical highway signpost resulting in 15 fatalities and 18 injuries, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued 16 recommendations designed to enhance coach safety, including a recommendation that NHTSA should develop performance standards for advanced speed-limiting technology for all heavy vehicles, including trucks, buses and motor coaches. In Japan, a new regulation has just been passed requiring at least two drivers to be present on night buses running distances more than 400 km. This development hasn’t gone unnoticed in Canada and the U.S., and governments here are watching all other jurisdictions around the world to see what they can adopt for use here, particularly regarding the issue of driver fatigue. In Canada as well as in the US, fatigue is where a great deal of the regulatory attention is focused. Transport Canada, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the provincial governments are all looking at new rules concerning sleep apnea testing for drivers, electronic on board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor hours of service compliance and other measures to combat driver fatigue. Finally, NHTSA, FMCSA and Transport Canada are looking to mandate seat belts for all new coaches.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Fall 2012
Business Expansion for Bus Operators
It’s Art You Know: Bus Wraps are Turning Coaches into Mobile Billboards
OMCA’s 2012 Golf Tournament
A Peak Experience
The Second City’s a First Choice
Montreal – Not to be Missed
Take the Maine Trail
Perspectives Eduscho Ltd.
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS
The Road Explorer - Fall 2012