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CAMDEN, N.J. - Motorcoach operators who found themselves stuck with defective Caterpillar engines on their buses might soon be able to recoup some of the money they spent on repairs. A federal judge in New Jersey has given preliminary approval to a $60 million settlement to end a class-action suit filed by bus and trucking companies alleging that Caterpillar sold them engines with defective anti-pollution systems. Caterpillar agreed to the settlement but said it still stands behind its legal positions and its products. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said...

 
CHICAGO - The federal mandate that interstate trucks and buses convert to electronic logging devises later this year is now mired in court, and it is shaping up as a battle between small truck operators on the anti-ELD side and the federal government, big truckers and safety advocates on the pro-ELD side. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sued federal regulators earlier this year, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to overturn the rule. The...

SACRAMENTO - California motorcoach operators have succeeded in removing "unreasonable" and "crazy" regulations from three bills rolling through the state legislature. In the latest action, Senate Bill 247 was amended in committee to remove a number of requirements for retrofitting existing coaches with safety features that would exceed federal regulations. The California Bus Association estimated the modifications would cost $25,000 to $35,000 per coach. The bill was introduced...

ABERDEEN, Scotland -- The years- long effort to retool the entire business model of Greyhound Lines hit a number of speed bumps during fiscal 2016, sending both revenue and earnings lower. The only nationwide operator of scheduled intercity motorcoach services in the U.S. and Canada, Greyhound saw overall mileage dip nearly 6 percent during the 12 months ended March 31, a consequence...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United Motorcoach Association has launched a membership category for bus and motorcoach drivers. The United Motorcoach Association Driver Member Program was founded by and for the thousands of bus and motorcoach drivers in the U.S. Drivers opting to join may work for any bus company. UMA's main goal is to encourage bus and motorcoach driving as a professional...

INDIANAPOLIS -- FedEx Ground Package System Inc. has agreed to pay drivers in 20 states $240 million to settle lawsuits claiming the second-largest U.S. parcel delivery company misclassified them as independent contractors. The settlement, if approved, would be divided among 12,000 drivers, some of whom would receive tens of thousands of dollars, said Beth Ross, lead lawyer for...

TORONTO -- After years of operating in the city without rules -- and infuriating taxi companies -- Uber is now legal in Toronto. But the popular ride-hailing service must adhere to a regulatory framework passed by the Toronto City Council. "The bottom line is we have a popular service being used by hundreds of thousands of Torontonians but it's not regulated," said Mayor John Tory. "That is not...



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