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Transportation Chief Praises Bus Groups For Safety Actions

Posted on February 2, 2011 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

The American Bus Association and Bus Industry Safety Council earn the plaudits for following a safety plan enacted by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recent post on his official blog, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood praised the AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION and the BUS INDUSTRY SAFETY COUNCIL (BISC) for their commitment to the safety and security of all motorcoach passengers and operators.

LaHood wrote, “The Council’s mission, ‘to develop and promote methods, materials, and procedures to improve motorcoach safety,’ makes BISC a natural partner in [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s] own safety efforts. By focusing on three core safety principles, FMCSA and the American Bus Association have worked effectively toward a safer motorcoach industry.”

ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso said in an email: “The Secretary has taken a keen interest in bus/motorcoach safety. As you may recall, shortly after he was appointed to the position of Secretary of Transportation in 2009, he initiated the development of the Motorcoach Safety Action Plan, began working with all agencies within the U.S. DOT that [affect] motorcoach transportation and finalized the plan in November 2009. Many of the elements in the Motorcoach Safety Action Plan were items that ABA long supported and brought to the Secretary, in an effort to further enhance safety.”

LaHood wrote the post to report on FMCSA Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott’s trip to ABA’s 2011 AMERICAN BUS MARKETPLACE in Philadelphia, Pa.

“I believe that [Bronrott’s] participation, together with the recognition by the Secretary, is a true testament to the hard work the BISC members, committees and staff, in partnership with federal agencies, are doing to increase safety and best practices across the motorcoach industry in North America,” Pantuso said.

A copy of Secretary LaHood’s post can be found by clicking ON HIS BLOG.

Sources: AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION; Michael Campos, LCT assistant editor

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