Chinook Charter – Safety First!

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  • The safety of our passengers and drivers is our number one priority.  We are proud of our safety record and strive to maintain it every year.
  • Chinook Charter has a satisfactory carrier profile with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the Federal Motor Carrier Association.  Satisfactory is the highest ranking for a carrier.  Click here for the links to these agencies.
  • All Chinook buses are under a stringent preventative maintenance program.  We have a fulltime certified mechanic on duty Monday through Friday and on call on weekends.
  • Chinook is approved to transport school district students in the State of Washington.
  • All Chinook drivers are drug and alcohol tested prior to employment and in a random testing program that is coordinated through First Advantage (previously Lexis Nexis).
  • Chinook is fully insured by Lancer Insurance which is the largest and most experienced provider in the nation. Each passenger is insured for $500.000.00
  • Chinook driver adheres to Federal Hours of Service regulations that include: 
    • Maximum 10 hours a day driving
    • Maximum 15 hours a day on duty
    • Minimum 8 consecutive hours off between days
    • Multiple drivers are used when itineraries exceed these limits
  • Each motor coach is equipped with a first aid kit, a fully charged fire extinguisher and a safety step for safe entrance and departure from the bus.  Drivers wear reflective vests to maximize visibility when outside of the bus.
  • Each Chinook driver has: 
    • Current CDL with passenger endorsement
    • Driving background check
    • DOT medical approval
    • Previous employee performance checks
    • Physical driving skills test