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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-05-002
Synopsis: At 10:50 a.m. on October 13, 2003, a 1992 Neoplan USA Corporation 49-passenger motorcoach, owned and operated by the First Baptist Church of Eldorado, Texas, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 near Tallulah, Louisiana. The motorcoach, carrying 14 passengers, was en route from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as part of a multicity sightseeing tour that had originated in Eldorado. As the motorcoach approached milepost 168, it drifted rightward from the travel lanes and onto the shoulder, where it struck the rear of a 1988 Peterbilt tractor semitrailer operated by Alpha Trucking, Inc., which was stopped on the shoulder at milepost 167.9. As both vehicles moved forward, the motorcoach rotated clockwise slightly and the semitrailer rotated counter-clockwise slightly; the vehicles remained together. They traveled approximately 62 feet and came to rest, still oriented to the east, adjacent to the right side of the interstate on the outside shoulder. Eight motorcoach passengers sustained fatal injuries, the motorcoach driver and six passengers received serious injuries, and the Peterbilt driver was not injured.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Develop and distribute educational materials for nontraditional commercial vehicle owners, such as church groups, on how to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; at a minimum, the materials should be posted on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Tallulah, LA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: hwy04mh002
Accident Reports: Motorcoach Run-Off-The-Road Accident
Report #: HAR-05-01
Accident Date: 10/13/2003
Issue Date: 4/27/2005
Date Closed: 5/31/2007
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FMCSA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 5/31/2007
Response: Through discussions in April and May 2006 with FMCSA staff and the testimony of Mr. Larry Minor at the Wilmer public hearing, Safety Board staff has learned that the FMCSA has developed an educational pamphlet for private motor carriers of passengers (PMCP), and notes that this pamphlet is now available on the agency’s Web site. Upon review of the pamphlet and information on the Web page hosting the pamphlet’s link, Board staff noted that the materials explain the difference between and give examples of business, non-business, and for-hire motor carrier designations; list the FMCSA requirements for the business and non-business carrier groups; and reference the sections in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) where the applicable regulations can be found. In its September 30, 2005, letter, and again in Mr. Minor’s Wilmer hearing testimony, the FMCSA indicated that it plans to partner with church groups and other PMCPs to further distribute the information. As the actions of the FMCSA--- satisfy to develop and post (via the agency’s Web site) materials to educate business and non-business, or nontraditional, commercial vehicle owners on compliance with the FMCSRs satisfy the intent of this recommendation, Safety Recommendation H-05-2 is classified CLOSED -- ACCEPTABLE ACTION. Recent staff-level e-mail communications indicate that the proposed activity to partner with church groups and others has been temporarily delayed due to competing priorities and turnover of personnel. The Board encourages the FMCSA to continue distribution of the PMCP information as soon as circumstances permit.

Date: 9/30/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/11/2005 2:14:55 PM MC# 2050473 - From Annette Sandberg, Administrator: I am pleased to provide the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s letter of April 27, 2005, regarding safety recommendations H-05-002 through H-05-005. I address each recommendation separately below. FMCSA is developing an educational brochure to increase the safety awareness and regulatory compliance of private motor carriers of passengers. The brochure identifies two types of private motor carriers, and briefly explains the applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to each. It further explains how these carriers must register with FMCSA to obtain a U.S. Department of Transportation number and how these carriers can find additional information and assistance on FMCSA’s Web sites, by telephone, or in-person. The brochure is in the last stage of revision and will be finalized in the near future. After finalization, FMCSA will print an ample quantity of the pamphlet for physical distribution and will post it on the Agency’s Web site ( by December 2005. We also intend to partner with the headquarters of religious organizations and utilize their networks to distribute the pamphlet. We expect to complete strategic partnering with religious organizations and other private motor carrier groups by April 2006.