Group Planner: Going Green

There are obvious benefits from group travel: a number of people on an adventure for a shared interest; a crowd of chums reuniting; seeing the scenery and avoiding the hassles of TSA.

However, did you know that group travel by charter bus is a great way to offer travelers a green option for their vacation, too? It’s amazing the impact a group can have by wanting to have a fun vacation by hitting the road in a motorcoach. It’s true.

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • A full charter rental bus removes up to 56 cars from the road.
  • Charter buses provide over 206 passenger miles per gallon of fuel compared to 92 passenger MPG for commuter rail, 44 passenger MPG for domestic air carrier and 27 MPG for single passenger automobiles.
  • A coach bus is 475% more efficient than a hybrid vehicle in the amount of fuel used per passenger.
  • Buses can potentially keep 425 million cars off the road in a single year, contributing to a reduction in air, ground, water and noise pollution.
  • Hybrid-electric coaches use clean-diesel engine technology and provide service at lower noise levels while also reducing carbon emissions.
  • The Tufts Climate Commission reports that taking a bus reduces one’s carbon footprint three to seven times over flying.

If that’s not enough for you, consider that during a four hour trip, a single car emits approximately 400 pounds of carbon dioxide. For that same trip, a coach bus emits approximately just 150 pounds of carbon dioxide.

What our industry provides travelers is an option three and four times more efficient that other cars or airplanes. So if you’re group is looking at eco-friendly travel, then our coaches should be your first choice. Check out the modern buses that coach operators have available for rental in their fleets here and plan green today!

Group Planner: Seat Belts on Motorcoaches and Tour Buses

 

Each year more than 750-million passengers board more than 35,000 motorcoaches, making it one of the safest modes of transportation. For perspective, that number of people is approximately the population of Charlotte, NC.

In the next year, we anticipate the Department of Transportation to hand down regulations to further enhance the industry’s current strong standards. Seat belts in cars has been legally mandated since the mid-80s in the United States, and, according to the National Safety Council, seat belts are responsible for saving more than 75,000 lives between 2004 and 2008. Given its impact on safety, there’s been a natural, ongoing dialogue within the industry and in Washington surrounding the availability of seat belts on coaches. The belts are effective in preventing head and neck injuries, but the primary goal would be keeping passengers inside the buses in an accident.

In 2012, the Department of Transportation released its “Motorcoach Safety Action Plan” that examined multiple safety aspects of the industry. One element of the plan calls for the government to initiate “rulemaking to require the installation of seat belts on motorcoaches and other large buses to improve occupant protection.”

Public notices were collected, and regulations are expected to be released before the end of 2013. Once the new regulations requiring shoulder restraints at each seat are handed down, the industry will have multiple years to make the mandated changes.

However, many companies are working ahead in anticipation of new seat belt regulations. So, be sure to ask if your charter is fitted for seat belts once you’ve made your selection at BusRates.com.

Now, the true challenge comes, and that’s getting the passengers to buckle up. Regulations can only do so much. We all need to snap for safety.