Safety first upon riding a charter bus in Montreal, Quebec

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Published: 17th July 2015
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When it comes to safety, travel by motorcoach Montreal is one of the safest ways you can go. Every year, 750 million people travel cross-country in motorcoaches. However, as with any mode of transportation, accidents sometimes occur. Between 2001 and 2010, an average of 17 fatalities per year resulted from motorcoach Ottawa crashes. That's why your first concern should be the safety record of the company you are hiring. The best way to do that is to know whether the bus company complies with the requirements that the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces.


Safety Performance
The FMCSA evaluates the safety performance of bus companies in specific compliance and safety areas. The FMCSA uses the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to evaluate carriers. The SMS makes evaluations by using Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) to rate the companies. If a company does not comply with the behaviors and categories specified in the BASICs, it receives a warning symbol for that category on the FMCSA Web site.
Safety Rating

The FMCSA gives all motorcoach Toronto companies one of three ratings:

Satisfactory: A satisfactory rating is the highest a company can get. This rating indicates that the company was compliant with safety regulations.

Conditional: The company may have a higher safety risk. This rating indicates the carrier was non-compliant with one or more safety regulations.

Unsatisfactory: A company with an unsatisfactory score should not be in operation. This rating indicates that the company was substantially non-compliant with safety regulations.

Safety Rules
There are other rules that companies must follow in order to maintain safety. These rules deal with licensure, driver health, driver fatigue, and company insurance.

Licensure: When someone operates a bus that transports 16 or more people (including the driver), that person must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a passenger endorsement. To earn a CDL, drivers must pass several tests to demonstrate that they know how to drive a large vehicle with passengers.

Driver health: Bus drivers must have a certificate from a medical examiner that indicates they meet the physical qualifications to drive a bus.

Driver fatigue: You don't want a drowsy driver behind the wheel of a bus, especially if there are passengers on board. For that reason there are specific rules for how long a driver can work. For example, a driver cannot drive more than 10 hours a day after eight consecutive hours off-duty. On top of that, drivers who have been on-duty for 15 hours (doing both driving and non-driving tasks) cannot drive until they have been off duty for eight hours. Finally, drivers cannot be on-duty for more than 70 hours for 8 consecutive days.

Company Insurance: A company must have a minimum of $5 million of insurance if it operates a bus that carries 16 or more people.

Further details please visit these sites: school bus in Montréal, school bus in Quebec or http://www.symphonybus.com/vehicles.html

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