A new phone application provided free by the U.S Department of Transportation will provide safety information to those preparing to travel by bus. The new app for iPads and iPhones will allow anyone to review a bus company’s safety record.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration unveiled its SaferBus app last week in time for those making summer travel plans. The SaferBus app can be downloaded for free at the Apple iTunes App Store or by going to the FMCSA’s “Look Before You Book” website at fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.
SaferBus provides access to safety records on nearly 6,000 interstate commercial passenger carriers operating in the United States today, which includes privately owned motorcoach, school- bus and tour-bus companies.
The data, which covers up to 24 months of a bus company’s safety record, provides insight into a bus company’s performance in five areas: unsafe driving, fatigued driving, driver fitness, controlled substances/alcohol and vehicle maintenance. Percentiles in any area can range from 0 (best) to 100 (worst) and are based on the company’s compliance with federal safety standards.
For those who arrange transportation for long trips to athletic and other school events in Colorado, the application will be a significant resource.