Safety Challenges and Oversight in the Motorcoach Industry: Attitudes and Perceptions of Drivers, Roadside Inspectors, and Federal Investigators

This paper reports on a study that investigated that attitudes and perceptions of bus drivers, roadside inspectors, and federal investigators regarding motorcoach safety and oversight. To identify challenges to monitoring compliance with motorcoach safety regulations and to examine factors affecting safety, the authors conducted four focus groups with a total of 32 participants during 2011: one with federal safety investigators, one with state motor carrier inspectors, and two with motorcoach drivers. The groups consisting of investigators and inspectors noted issues including falsified logbooks, inadequate sleep among motorcoach drivers, hazards from speeding motorcoaches, practices by motorcoach carriers to mask ownership and avoid oversight, and difficulties keeping up with rapid motorcoach industry growth. The factors identified by bus drivers included problems with getting sufficient sleep, pressure to drive longer than permitted, and fears of motor carriers giving them less work if they turned down driving jobs. Drivers said that driving 72–74 mph was acceptable in light traffic. The authors also investigated workload among personnel performing safety oversight, determining that inspectors have a heavy workload (2.13 inspectors per 1,000 commercial motor vehicles). The authors call for further research to quantify the prevalence of the safety concerns expressed by inspectors, investigators, and drivers, including the obstacles to oversight.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 57–67
  • Monograph Title: Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 56th Annual Scientific Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 14-17, 2012
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  • Accession Number: 01482980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2013 2:34PM