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September 2018

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12 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION SEPTEMBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Stats, facts, faces, and products from the chauffeured and motorcoach transportation industries. LuxuryTransportation Scene 9.18 BY THE NUMBERS FOR MORE NEWS GO TO LCTMAG.COM AND FIND LATE BREAKING E-NEWS AND INDUSTRY BLOGS. As the September issue explores various aspects of bus operations, one area that never loses emphasis is bus safety. Manufacturers constantly strive to add new safety features to comply with federal rules and ensure best practices. The good news is motorcoach fatalities are trending down. Coach Transportation Gets Safer Over The Years The most frequent areas of origin for motorcoach and school bus fires were the engine area, running gear, or wheel area. 77% of motorcoach fires and 68% of school bus fires (with known areas of origin) started in these areas. Source: FMCSA's Motorcoach and School Bus Fire Safety Analysis (2009-2013) The FMCSA chart showed from 1975 through 2016, the highest number of fatalities caused by motorcoach accidents within a year's time was 70 deaths. The last year 70 fatalities occurred was 2005, and this statistic was less than 1% of the 38,933 total vehicle accidents recorded for 2005. Source: US Coachways School bus fires reportedly occur more frequently than motorcoach fires. On average, motorcoach fires in the U.S. occur slightly less than daily, while school bus fires occur slightly more than daily. Source: FMCSA's Motorcoach and School Bus Fire Safety Analysis (2009-2013) The ratio of motorcoach fires to billion highway vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is highest in the Eastern and Southern regions, compared to the Midwestern and Western regions of the U.S. Source: FMCSA's Motorcoach and School Bus Fire Safety Analysis (2009-2013) The most frequent cause of ignition was failure of equipment or heat source for both motorcoaches and school buses. Source: FMCSA's Motorcoach and School Bus Fire Safety Analysis (2009-2013) In 2017, the FMCSA reported the fatalities statistics for 2016. It reported 32,702 fatalities were caused by vehicle accidents. Motor carrier bus accidents resulted in 24 fatalities, which were less than 1% of the total number of vehicle fatalities. Source: US Coachways Not buckling up is a problem especially acute for travelers — in taxicabs, rideshare vehicles, rental cars, and shuttle buses. In fact, among those who don't always buckle up, 4 out of 5 say this usually occurs when riding in taxis or ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Source: USA Today "Buckle Up Back There!" (9/6/17) 74% of passengers use belts in private cars, but only 57% buckle up in hired vehicles. Experts say engineering and physics make bus travel very different from car travel. Therefore the need for seat belts isn't as great and so the regulations are more lax. In motorcoaches, heavier frames absorb crashes differently than cars and "compartmentalization" means seats are placed close together, with high, padded backs that serve as crude airbags. Source: USA Today "Buckle Up Back There!" (9/6/17) There were almost half as many fatalities occurring in motorcoach accidents in 2016 as there were in 2015 — 24 fatalities (2016) and 42 fatalities (2015). Source: US Coachways

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