DRIVERS & SAFETY

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Courteous, Safe & Reliable Drivers

With over 800,000 miles of service in the past year, Lake Crystal

Coaches is committed to safety.

Each driver is certified with the state of Minnesota with a Class B Commercial drivers license, passenger endorsement and criminal

background check. They also have a DOT physical and participate

in a random drug/alcohol testing.

Lake Crystal Coaches is inspected by the DOT and DOD.

Why travel by bus?

Buses are safe. The bureau of transportation reports that buses are twice as safe as flying and 46 times safer than driving an automobile.

Fatalaties per 1 billion passenger miles

Auto

Airlines

Bus

Train

140

6

3

1

(Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Center for Transportation Analysis)

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates the United States charter bus industry. Bus drivers are required to carry a current DOT Physical Exam Card, be drug tested under DOT rules and regulations, and maintain a log for miles and hours of service. Coaches are not required by state or federal law to have seatbelts. Some states require that drivers be certified for all school sponsored trips, grades 12 and under.

The hours-of-service rules for drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are different from the rules for property-carrying CMVs. Note that Non-business Private Motor Carriers of Passengers are not subject to the record keeping requirements of this part, such as maintaining a logbook or record of duty status. 

Maximum Driving Time for Passenger – Carrying Vehicles – § 395.5 

No motor carrier of passengers shall permit or require any passenger-carrying CMV driver to drive: 

  • More than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty, or 

  • For any period after having been on duty 15 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty. 

No motor carrier of passengers shall permit or require any passenger-carrying CMV driver to drive, regardless of number of motor carriers using the driver’s services, for any period after the driver has been on duty: 

  • 60 hours in any 7 consecutive days if the carrier does not operate CMVs every day of the week; or 

  • 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days if the carrier operates CMVs every day of the week. 

Transport Canada regulates the Canadian charter bus industry. Bus drivers are required to maintain a log for miles and hours of service. Unlike the US, alcohol is not allowed on buses in Canada.


The Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (SOR/2005-313) Act restricts the bus operator’s driving time.

  • The bus operator cannot drive more than 13 hours in a day.

  • After driving 13 hours in a day, at least 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time is required before driving again.

  • The bus operator must have at least 10 hours of off-duty time per day. Daily off-duty time must include 2 hours that do not form part of an 8 consecutive hour off-duty period.

  • The total driving time in 2 days cannot exceed 26 hours.

Source: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/carrier-safety/hours-service-motor-carriers-passengers

Associations

In compliance with

* We have the highest safety rating.

BUS CHARTER SAFETY REGULATIONS