State Police to Participate in National Effort Focused on Motorcoach Safety; Mobile App Allows Riders to Check Safety Record Before Booking Travel

Contact: MC Sgt. Charles Phipps, MSP CVED, 313-350-0629

May 11, 2017

During a two-week period in May, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) will participate in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) National Motorcoach Safety Initiative. The effort is aimed at ensuring passenger bus safety and compliance through safety inspections. 

From May 14–27, MSP motor carrier officers will focus on promoting safety and security on the roads by inspecting passenger vehicles for overall vehicle maintenance, including brakes, tires and exhaust systems. Officers will also verify driver qualifications and compliance with hours-of-service requirements. Companies found violating safety regulations risk being put out-of-service.  

“Citizens riding on buses have an expectation that the buses are mechanically sound and that the drivers of these vehicles are also in compliance with the laws,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. “Initiatives like this help us ensure compliance in the industry and promote safe travel for our citizens.”

The FMCSA has launched a mobile app called SaferBus that provides bus riders with a quick and free way to review a company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel.  Additional information on the app and safety information for travelers/trip planners can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/lookbeforeyoubook.

For more information on the CVED, visit www.michigan.gov/motorcarrier