An employee of James River Transportation tests a new seatbelt installed on a motorcoach. The 80-year-old bus company plans to phase seatbelts onto all of its charter buses by the spring of 2013.
RICHMOND, VA — James River Transportation will start installing seat belts next week on all of its motorcoaches and finish by the spring of 2013.
Earlier this year, the federal government made it mandatory that all new buses be equipped with seat belts. The government does not require seat belts for existing buses already in service.
James River had planned the implementation of seat belts for many years, but had to wait for the government’s final rule to ensure correct compliance with the regulations. The company’s smaller buses have been equipped with seat belts for many years. Belts will be installed on about 30 James River motorcoaches.
“We feel it is important for us to set the standard in safety for our passengers,” said Stephen Story, President of James River Transportation. “This will ensure all of our buses are consistent, even if purchased before the seat belt law.”
James River Transportation is a full service transportation provider and event planning organization with facilities located in Richmond, Williamsburg and Norfolk. The company also has on-site operations at Richmond International Airport and Norfolk International Airport. Services include motorcoach and minicoach transportation, airport transfers, transportation management, contract services, and convention shuttles. The company has been in business for over 80 years.
This initiative is one of the company’s unique safety and training programs that include:
- A driving simulator
- Extensive background checks covering national and local databases
- Pre-employment personality testing to ensure compatibility with corporate values
- A customer service training department.
Source: James River Transportation