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  • Dec 29th 2011 at 10:14AM
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How safe are busses? It's a good question, and one that the United States Department of Transportation is mulling over after revising work hour regulations for truckers and airline pilots earlier this month. Bus drivers are next on the list, as the USDOT is seeking public comment on allowable on-duty time, according to Bloomberg.

The effort would amend rules that are several decades old, just as bus travel has taken off. Buses represent the fastest-growing transportation segment, with departures up 7.1 percent this year, according to a study cited by Bloomberg. This year, eight bus crashes have resulted in 28 deaths, according to the report.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope they never do this for Snow plow drivers. We'll go 20+ hours regularly. I try to throw a couple 15min power naps in but it can be tough.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Free market should decide this. If you can't or won't drive for 16 hours straight then just get another job.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes you can get really cheap bus transportation, but just check the bus companies safety record. The last four out of five serious bus accidents where the fatalities were high were the so called cheap alternate transportation. Is your life worth sacrificing for saving a few bucks on your ride. Coming shortly the DOT also wants to make sleep apnia testing for all commercial drivers with a certain body mass index, and the head of the so called initiative is none other than the guy who invented or owns the company that produces the CPAP machine which treats sleep apnia. What a coincidence !!!!! Canada allows its bus drivers to drive 13 hours a day, US allows 10 hours. Anyone hear of a rash of bad bus accidents in Canada??????
      • 3 Years Ago
      And Darwin decides dumbasses that put themselves or their families onto a bus with a 16 hr driver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone out there know what the DOT Regulation is for sleep arrangements for Commercial Bus Drivers. I saw it somewhere but cannot find it, as I remember it, drivers are not to share rooms as they want to make sure that they get 'eight hours of uninterupten rest'. It did not say sleep it said rest. I would appreciate any input on this as it has become an issue where I work. David.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to drive charter bus and it was a horrible experience to be deathly drowsy and yet unable to pull over and take a nap with a busload of people.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Transit drivers do not need to fill out a log as long as the stay within the 100 mile radius of their home terminal. Some overly zealous managers, vying for the next promo, often try to bring this policy into company regulations, as a feather in their hat to add on their resume. However, transit drivers should remind them that a log is not required, unless one exceeds this 100 mile radius.
      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Valid issue. Will this apply to transit bus drivers as well? One of the issues at WMATA is that bus drivers vie for tons of overtime, and the nearer to retirement the better, since their pensions are based on their final salaries, and overtime counts in this calculation. So not only is it a public safety issue, it becomes a public fiscal issue as well. Don't mean to turn the thread into a union-bashing free for all, but the (ATU?) pension and work rules encourage this. As for the intercity and tour buses, it was only a matter of time. I have good experiences on the DC to NY buses, but I've heard horror stories, especially about the cheapest-of-the-cheap carriers.
      • 3 Years Ago
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