NTSB Recommends Additional Motorcoach Safety Training Action for Drivers in Aftermath of Fatal Crash

During a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meeting on Feb. 8, the Board reviewed the findings and probable cause related to a multi-vehicle accident near Mt. Pleasant, Pa., that involved a motorcoach in 2020. As part of their recommendations to avoid similar future crashes, the NTSB asked that ABA send out a reminder of the guidance on engine retarder applications distributed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.

Reminder: Alert Motorcoach Drivers to Limit and Avoid Jake Brake Applications in Inclement Weather or Risk Loss of Traction


  • Do not use an engine or driveshaft retarder while driving on wet, icy, or slippery roads. Doing so can cause a loss of traction and control.
  • In cold weather, turn the retarder off when approaching bridge decks, on-ramps, or exit ramps.
  • During slippery conditions, turn the retarder off using the master control (on/off) switch lever.
  • If you experience a loss of directional control, immediately turn off the retarder.

Click here for additional information and for a downloadable presentation to share with your drivers.


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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