Motor Carrier Officers to Conduct Motorcoach Safety Inspection at Sunbelt Expo

October 15, 2010

Georgia Department of Public Safety
Motor Carrier Compliance Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR CARRIER OFFICERS TO AGAIN CONDUCT MOTORCOACH SAFETY INSPECTIONS AT SUNBELT EXPO

(MOULTRIE) - Motorcoaches arriving at this year's Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie will undergo a vehicle safety inspection by officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  This marks the 11th year the inspection detail has been conducted at the Expo which will be held at Spence Field in Moultrie Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 - 21.

"Motorcoach inspections are conducted throughout the year on a regular basis but the Sunbelt Expo provides an opportunity for officers to identify safety hazards on a large scale," according to Chief Mark McLeod, Commander of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division.  The annual inspections are one component of an overall safety effort to ensure that everyone enjoys a safe transportation experience on the highways of Georgia.  "Each year, the vast majority of the motorcoaches inspected at the Expo are transporting middle and high school age students," he said.

Last year, Motor Carrier Compliance Officers conducted 55 motorcoach inspections during the Sunbelt Expo.  There were 118 vehicle violations noted and 18 driver violations.  Four motorcoaches and one motorcoach driver were place out-of-service.

Additionally, a Performance Based Brake Tester (PBBT) will be operational during the motorcoach inspections to evaluate the braking performance of each motorcoach.  The PBBT provides a means of identifying brake performance deficiencies, and potential malfunctions can be readily identified and corrected before the vehicle leaves the grounds with passengers.

Each driver during the event will be provided with a proactive safety information packet that includes various educational documents relative to the safe transportation of passengers.  Additionally, MCCD officers will be available to answer questions from motorcoach drivers, chaperones, and other people attending the Expo.

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