Bus travel is one of the most popular, least expensive, and safest ways to travel. But, with more than 4,000 registered, for-hire motorcoach companies to choose from, it’s important to select one that will ensure your travelers arrive and return safely. Learn the top three things you need to know to consider safety, as well as price, and make sure you look before you book your next trip.
CHOOSE A BUS COMPANY WITH A SATISFACTORY SAFETY RATING: FMCSA issues three types of ratings: Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory. A Satisfactory rating is the best rating. Bus companies with a Conditional rating may pose a higher safety risk. Bus companies with an Unsatisfactory rating should not be operating. A company with a less than satisfactory safety rating does not have adequate safety management controls to ensure compliance with the FMCSA safety fitness standards. Bus companies without a rating have not had their operations evaluated against FMCSA’s safety fitness standards.
CHOOSE A BUS COMPANY WITH A GOOD SAFETY RECORD: FMCSA measures the safety performance of bus companies in key safety and compliance areas as part of the Agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS). This system provides an assessment of a motor carrier’s safety and compliance performance in the form of Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories, or BASICs. A caution symbol displayed in a BASIC indicates the company has fallen below a safety threshold which may cause the company to be prioritized for further monitoring.