Federal legislation designed to streamline the regulation of passenger carriers was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in December by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA). The Buses United for Safety, Regulatory Reform, and Enhanced Growth for the 21st Century Act (HR 5462)is known as the BUSREGS Act.
“The nation’s private sector bus and motorcoach operations have a remarkable safety record,” Perry said. “This legislation allows them to get back to what they do best absent the threat of an endless stream of costly and burdensome regulations.”
The comprehensive bill addresses reforms that include amending the mission statement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, insurance requirements and fair treatment of carriers being assessed corrective actions. The bill also provides direction for public transit recipients to encourage use of private sector passenger carriers.
“A similar bill in the last Congress served as a blueprint for the new administration,” said United Motorcoach Association President and Chief Executive Officer Stacy Tetschner. “The introduction of this bill is an important step toward getting bus and motorcoach companies back to serving the public safely and efficiently, growing their fleets and expanding job opportunities.”