If you are responsible for securing transportation for a group, do not be afraid to ask as many questions as possible to ensure that you are getting exactly what your group needs to be transported safely and efficiently. Should you need help with routing, parking, loading locations, shuttle times or anything else we are here to assist you throughout the whole process.
While shopping around for transportation can seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. Here are some helpful hints when choosing a transportation company that meets all of your needs.
- Are the vehicles DOT certified?
- Is the company a member of any transportation associations?
- Such as: International Motorcoach Group (IMG), Minnesota Charter Bus Operator's Association (MCBOA), Minnesota School Bus Operator's Association (MSBOA), or United Motorcoach Association (UMA)?
- This information is especially important because they set industry standards
- What type of training do the drivers receive?
- Does the company offer safety incentives or awards for their drivers?
- What is the company's emergency response plan in case of an incident or breakdown?
- Who performs the routine maintenance on the buses?
- Are their in house mechanics or an outside source?
- Are the mechanics ASE certified?
- Are the vehicles kept inside or outside?
3. Compare Reliability
- Does the company's insurance meet the federally required amount?
- Does the company have an emergency contact on call 24 hours/day?
- How long have they been in business?
- Can you visit their terminal?
- How many vehicles are in a company's charter fleet?
All of these questions give you a look into the profile of a potential carrier. By doing a little homework now, you can help ensure that the transportation you are responsible for ordering will be exactly what you were looking for. Please contact a sales person for more information on how Voigt's is an industry leader in the three main areas of safety, maintenance, and company reliability.
Some helpful websites:
RFP's or Bidding Trips
If you are doing an RFP (Request for
"Bidding" a trip, you are the one who determines what you want and need
for equipment. You can put as much into the specifications as you like.
It can be as simple as a passenger count requirement to having a
vehicle of a certain make, model, year, COLOR, Special markings,
documented driver training and more. You can require a bidder to supply
insurance information and DOT #'s as part of the bid requirements. Any
documentation you wish to see can be asked for and should be provided
to insure you get exactly what you are looking for.
Remember the cardinal rule . . . DONT' BUY ON PRICE ALONE.
All bus companies have the same expenses.
- Safety Precautions
- Equipment Maintenance
- Qualified staff and the ability to train
- Adequate insurance coverage
If the price you receive from one operator is 'too good to be true', it may be because that company is saving money by inadequate preventative maintenance procedures. Don't risk heartache to save a couple of bucks! Safety is a reputable company's first priority.
Follow this link to find more shopping guidelines: www.uma.org/help/guide.asp