How Can I Find Out if My Tour Bus Is Safe to Ride?

"We’ve all seen examples of poor driving, unsafe vehicles and badly-maintained buses. These issues become very important when you’re planning to take a motorcoach tour. How can you find out if your tour bus is really safe?

Use the US Passenger Carrier Safety Database

In the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors interstate bus and truck safety. If you will be traveling on a bus that crosses a state line, you can find out about your chosen tour company or charter bus by visiting the FMCSA's Passenger Carrier Safety page.

You can search by company or by vehicle type, but most of us will find it easier to search by company.

For example, if you enter "Greyhound" in the name field, you’ll be taken to a page that shows your search results; as of this writing, you would see several Greyhound affiliates listed as "Not Allowed to Operate," as well as Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC and Greyhound Lines, Inc. Clicking on “Greyhound Lines, Inc.” will take you to the Greyhound data page, where you can review driver and vehicle safety statistics and see performance information by category."

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