Get out your lined paper and #2 pencils, class, because this is a lecture to give you the knowledge you need before chartering a bus. If you’re new to charter bus travel in general, listen up; this prep work will make embarking upon your mission to rent a charter bus a breeze. By knowing these ten things you can be better equipped to avoid the dunce cap and a bad experience. We don’t like to use the word, but this “crash” course will prep you to find a reputable bus operator for your group.
Any questions? It’s our mission to educate consumers and to help them book directly with their local bus-operators in order to save money and skip the middleman.
The changing landscape of the internet has also pushed brokers to use other persuasive methods in order to capitalize on customer misinformation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a warning to the bus and motorcoach traveling public to be wary of these practices. Take a look at the snippet below:
|“Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received numerous inquiries regarding third-party inspectors offering ‘safety certifications.’ … Companies using aggressive marketing tactics to sell ‘inspections’ and ‘authorized lists’ are not sanctioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration nor do they have access to the wide range of resources routinely implemented by trained and authorized inspectors to determine a passenger motor carrier’s safety fitness.”|
The key takeaway from the FMCSA warning? Take a look at our #2 on the list above. Each profile on BusRates.com links to the operator’s FMCSA SAFER Company Snapshot–the official federal documentation of a passenger carrier’s operating authority and safety records. By using BusRates.com, you can easily pull this information up and make a confident decision when booking your motorcoach transportation.
An example posting on the USDOT and Licensing & Insurance links highlighted
As always, give us a call at 703-838-2955 or email us at [email protected] as we’d be happy to assist you in using our site to find the best bus company for your group.