WASHINGTON - Motorcoach
manufacturers and buyers have adapted far
ahead of federal regulations that will require
new motorcoaches and large buses to be
equipped with lap and shoulder belts for the
driver and all passengers.
A National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration rule requiring new vehicles
to be equipped with three-point seatbelts
takes effect on November 28.
"We will deliver our last order of seats
without belts in October," said Tony
Cunnane of Kiel North America in Elkhart,
Ind. "We are probably supplying 90 to 95
percent of our seats with belts now. The...
WASHINGTON - Nearly three-quarters of
Americans support using tax dollars to
create, expand and improve public
transportation in their communities and say
Congress should increase the level of
federal spending on public transportation
infrastructure, a recent poll found.
(See relatted stories on pages 6 and 8.)
The survey, conducted by the American
Public Transportation Association (APTA) in
conjunction with the Mineta Transportation
Institute (MTI), was released at a time...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The United
Motorcoach Association will introduce the
first-ever UMA Annual International Driver
Competition for motorcoach drivers at the
2017 UMA Motorcoach Expo in St. Louis.
The competition will take place on
"Many state and regional associations
hold competitions," said UMA Chairman
Dale Krapf of Krapf Coaches in West
"These best-of-the-best drivers will
have an opportunity to compete nationally
and receive the recognition...
Spontaneous combustion on a pile of
oil-soaked rags was blamed for an August
fire that heavily damaged a Fraternal Order
of Eagles Lodge and forced a two-hour
closure of the adjacent Oak Ridge Turnpike
in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The lodge may need to be rebuilt
because the fire's heat twisted steel support
The Oak Ridge Fire Department told
local media this was the fourth fire...
OLDWICK, N.J.-- A.M. Best has revised
its outlook from stable to negative for Lancer
Insurance Co. while at the same time
affirming the financial strength rating for the
motorcoach industry insurer.
A.M. Best said the revised outlook for
Lancer Insurance reflects the declining
trend in its underwriting performance over
the past several years, particularly in 2015,
in large measure...
WASHINGTON -- The Obama
administration has finalized new fuel-
economy standards for large trucks, buses
and other heavy-duty vehicles, the latest in
a series of efforts aimed at slashing
greenhouse gas emissions and weaning
the nation from its dependence on fossil
The new requirements affect a class of
vehicles that includes motorcoaches, school
buses, large pickup trucks,...
WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration has launched a new
safety-focused campaign, "Our Roads, Our
Responsibility," to raise public awareness
about how to operate safely around
commercial motor vehicles, particularly
large trucks and buses.
"Trucks and buses move people and
goods around the country, contributing to
our economic wellbeing and our way of life,"...