FMCSA says 2016 will be a “Year of Partnerships” with Industry

ABA Chairman John Meier, FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling, FMCSA's Loretta Bitner, ABA President/CEO Peter Pantuso on the ABA Marketplace Floor

FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling Speaks at ABA’s Marketplace

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator Scott Darling told delegates at the ABA’s Marketplace in Louisville, Kentucky that 2016 would be a year of partnerships between his agency and the groups the government regulates. Mr. Darling spoke to more than 200 delegates Sunday, January 10th, 2016 when members of several ABA Councils and the International Motor Coach Group (IMG) met at Marketplace. The ABA Councils represented included the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) and the newest council, formed in 2015, BusMARC.

The Acting Administrator pointed to what he says are the successes of FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Program. As it was being developed, representatives from ABA and other industry groups offered their expertise and served on an advisory panel making key recommendations.

Later, Mr. Darling, ABA’s President/CEO Peter Pantuso and ABA Chairman John Maier, along with members of FMCSA’s staff toured the ABA Marketplace floor meeting with motorcoach operators, and tourism professionals.

FMCSA has two public listening sessions scheduled on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, from 9:30a to 11:30a and 2:30p to 4:30p. FMCSA will be soliciting information on the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance and ways to credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations. ABA and FMCSA officials are encouraging delegates to attend.

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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