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There has long been speculation that overloaded motorcoaches routinely travel the nation's roadways. But, until the past couple of years, it hasn't been an issue that received much attention.

Now, however, with a growing number of states requiring buses to stop at weigh stations, motorcoach operators are finding they need to be extra vigilant about loading their coaches, as well as the laws and policies concerning vehicle weight in the states they used to travel through unencumbered.

A recent survey by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance found that at least 18 states now require buses...

 
When the United Motorcoach Association released its 2014 Membership Survey and Industry Assessment earlier this year, the No. 1 item -- that is, the item rated the most important by motorcoach operators -- was not driver recruitment and retention, or rising costs, or even onerous regulations.

It was driver training.

Surprised? You shouldn't be.

That's because driver training is an operational issue that affects many other areas of critical importance, according to a sampling of safety...

WASHINGTON - Eight trade groups, including the United Motorcoach and American Bus associations, are urging Congress to step in and halt the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rush to increase the minimum required liability insurance on passenger coaches and big rigs.

Currently, Section 425 of the U.S. Department of Transportation fiscal 2015 appropriations bill contains a provision that would prohibit the agency from moving forward with increasing the required minimum level of liability...

MESQUITE, Nev. -- Arrow Stage Lines announced last month it has purchased a small motorcoach company here, increasing the number of Arrow locations to 12.

At the same time, Motor Coach Industries announced Arrow had purchased the 7,000th J4500 coach produced by MCI since the model was introduced in 2000.

Arrow acquired Mesquite Bus Co. from Ann Casey. Mesquite Bus was founded by her father,...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United Motorcoach Association is seeking nominations for the most prestigious honors private motorcoach operators can receive, the UMA Vision Awards, which go annually to a large and small coach company.

In the past, UMA has relied on its associate members to nominate operators for the awards and that will continue for the 2015 awards.

But new for the awards...

FirstGroup results show gains

ABERDEEN, Scotland - Financial results for the first half of fiscal 2015 were generally higher at FirstGroup plc, corporate parent of Greyhound Lines and the largest passenger carrier company in North America and the United Kingdom, a preliminary report issued last month shows.

FirstGroup management said trading for the six months ended...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Bus & Motorcoach Academy Prevost Preparatory School for Professional Motorcoach Drivers winds up its updated and expanded driver education program for 2014 with a trio of courses that begin this month.

Immediate sign-up and registration is available at www.uma.org/academy. Deadline is Nov. 6.

Earlier this year, UMA and Prevost announced a major expansion and...



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