ABA Responds to FMCSA Safety Advisory on the Possession and Use of Vaping Devices and CMVs

With the advent and growing popularity of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices, on behalf of the motorcoach industry, ABA reached out to FMCSA for guidance on the use of these devices on motorcoaches.  Today, FMCSA responded by releasing a safety advisory concerning e-cigarettes and similar smoking devices.  

Unfortunately, from ABA’s perspective, this advisory does not provide sufficient guidance for motorcoach operators in terms of permissibility of the use and storage onboard motorcoaches.  Not unlike the airline industry, bus operators need more explicit guidance to ensure the safety of the traveling public on their vehicles.  “Considering the use of lit tobacco is clearly prohibited today, by federal regulation (49 CFR 374.201), ABA simply wants the same clarity established for e-cigarettes and other portable smoking or vaping devices before tragedy strikes,” said Peter Pantuso, president and CEO of the American Bus Association.

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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