Sports require travel at all levels and universities are utilizing bus transportation more and more. With rising costs of air travel along with the added cost of bags and fees, using bus transportation is a budget friendly option. Busses are statistically more safe than passenger vans, but awareness of bus safety and regulations has become a problem in college athletics.
It was discovered in an "Outside the Lines" analysis, that "hundreds of college athletes have been traveling on charter busses whose companies have fallen short of federal safety standards". In this analysis it was found that many of the businesses had "deficient federal safety scores" or a "conditional rating", which is a step below satisfactory. Leaders in the bus industry and safety regulators would recommend that schools should not use a company with these ratings.
Colleges often just look at pricing when they book charters, but they should be first looking at the safety ratings. Athletic administration, parents, and student-athletes need to start asking about and paying attention to a company's safety ratings. Detailed safety records are located on the U.S. Department of Transportation
At Pinnacle Car Services, we always put safety and service first, which is why we have great safety ratings on our buses. Pinnacle Car Services is certified to transport all NCAA college sports through Go Ground
and received a satisfactory rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
, which is the highest a company can get.
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