08/27/2019

 


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  Verified Vehicle Pre- and Post-Trip Inspection Tech Saves Time, Money, and Lives


  From Metro:

Motorcoach operators are realizing the value of implementing digital tools throughout various aspects of their business, including the vehicle inspection process. By using digital vehicle inspection tools, operators are saving time, money, and most importantly, bolstering the safety of their fleets. Verified digital inspection technology takes this even further by introducing accountability, so operators can have peace of mind knowing when the job is done, it's done right.

Motorcoach travel is considered one of the safest forms of transportation in the U.S. This is largely due to adherence of federal safety regulations by motorcoach owners and operators. Delivering passengers safely to their destination is their number one priority, which starts with ensuring that vehicles are in top shape before and after a trip.


Motorcoach travel is considered one of the safest forms of transportation in the U.S. This is largely due to adherence of federal safety regulations by motorcoach owners and operators. Delivering passengers safely to their destination is their number one priority, which starts with ensuring that vehicles are in top shape before and after a trip.

However, according to recent National Transportation Safety Board data, the condition of the vehicle was the root cause in 13% of the crashes it investigated, with vehicle maintenance identified as a significant problem. Vehicle condition was also cited as the root cause of 20% of motorcoach fatalities investigated by the agency.

DOT mandated pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections are a key tool to keeping fleets safe and accident-free. Before the introduction of electronic inspection technologies, paper-based inspections were the only way to complete these requirements. "In addition to being wasteful, paper inspection reports move slowly throughout the system and often aren't reviewed," says industry expert and Zonar Sr. VP, Passenger Services Kevin Mest. "With electronic inspections, these reports are captured, transmitted and documented automatically  -  reducing processing time exponentially," Mest says. With paper, it can take up to two weeks for logs to be reviewed and stored properly, he adds.

Without the verification aspect of digital-based inspections, operators are more likely to "pencil whip." This is when a driver completes his or her paper inspection log without actually conducting a thorough visual of the vehicle's critical and mandated inspection points. In an effort to streamline the inspection process and improve compliance and accountability, companies are developing..................READ MORE >

  Americans with Disabilities Act: 'Just common courtesy codified'

The U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that

 From Bus & Motorcoach News:

How well are the charter and tour industries making travel accessible to people with disabilities? There may be room for improvement, said Laurel Van Horn, director of operations for the Chicago-based Open Doors Organization (ODO).

The U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that "demand responsive" carriers, such as charter and tour providers, must make arrangements to provide an accessible vehicle if given advance notice of 48 hours.

The ADA was passed in 1990 and amended in 2008. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The law ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as others.

"As I go across the country and train for state associations, I see that so many people have still not acquired a single accessible motorcoach," Van Horn said. "The way the rule is written makes no sense. You have to provide the service on 48-hour notice, but you don't have to buy a coach."

"While we typically think of ADA as providing accessibility to individuals using mobility devices, ADA encompasses the full spectrum of individuals with disabilities," said Ken Presley, vice president of industry relations and chief operating officer of the United Motorcoach Association.

The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples include many diseases, alcoholism, asthma, blindness, cerebral palsy, depression, hearing or speech impairments and complications from pregnancy.

"It is critical that everyone who has any contact with the public receive training and refresher training so that congressional objectives are met and over-the-road bus operations avoid an intervention from the Department of Justice.......   READ MORE >

  IC Bus Awards Scholarships for 2019

  From School Bus Fleet:

LISLE, Ill.  -  IC Bus awarded a new round of scholarships to 11 students, the school bus manufacturer announced on Monday.

The annual IC Bus Scholarships go to family members of dealer employees. They represent a collaborative effort between IC Bus and its dealer network to demonstrate the company's commitment to support further education in the communities where its employees live and work.

This year, high school students hailing from across the U.S. and Canada received part of over $20,000 to go toward their upcoming college education. Three of those are memorial scholarships awarded to honor the leadership of past IC Bus dealer principals include..................:READ MORE >

 

The annual IC Bus Scholarships go to family members of dealer employees. They represent a collaborative effort between IC Bus and its dealer network to demonstrate the company's commitment to support further education in the communities where its employees live and work.
 


 

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