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FARIBAULT, Minn. -- After building a reputation with its 30- and 35-foot buses, Turkish coach manufacturer Temsa introduced a 45-foot model to the U.S. market this year.

Now, early sales of the TS-45 are helping the bus maker score big in a lackluster market for new coaches, says its distributor.

CH Bus Sales, which is headquartered here, reports that coach operators have taken delivery of 30 fresh-from-the-factory TS-45 coaches, and the company is on track to deliver as many as 20 more of the 56-seat coaches before year's end.

Michael Haggerty, owner of CH Bus Sales, said sales...

WASHINGTON - So, what's in store for the motorcoach industry when a new and Republican-dominated Congress is sworn in January?

No one can answer that question with certainty, of course, but it does appear the likely direction could be favorable to the industry.

No. 1, the adoption of new regulations that apply to the industry could slow.

A Republican-led Senate could implement more oversight hearings for proposed rules and mandates, as well as ask regulators like the Federal Motor...

If you operate buses in California, don't ignore the law

SAN FRANCISCO - For six years, a leading trucking company has waged a legal battle over whether a federal law preempts California's meal- and rest-break laws.

Now, the case appears headed to the U.S. Supreme Court following a recent win by company drivers and other employees.

The case, which is being closely watched by many motorcoach operators, has been before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in...

PEWAUKEE, Wis. - Four part-time drivers with diverse professional backgrounds have launched a national association for motorcoach drivers.

The Professional Motorcoach Drivers Association of North America has a new website and is accepting members.

The one-year fee for "founding member status" (meaning the first 1,000 who sign up) is $36.

Initially, membership is being limited...

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- National Interstate Corp., parent company of leading motorcoach industry insurer National Interstate Insurance, saw its financial picture improve in the third quarter after suffering a rough second quarter and first six months of 2014.

The company said net income increased to $8.8 million, or 44 cents a share, during this year's third quarter from $7.3 million, or 37 cents...

By Dave Millhouser

Silence is golden ... unless you're on a charter boat several miles at sea.

The Detroit Diesel 8V-71 that was powering us at a rootin'-tootin' nine knots had suddenly coughed and quit. We were broken down, adrift several miles from the nearest tavern.

After an obligatory time-out for cursing, our captain set about identifying the problem.


NEW ORLEANS - The United Motorcoach Association has announced its "solution" sessions for UMA Motorcoach Expo 2015, including an educational track geared specifically for small fleet operators.

The initial small fleet operator session is called "Business 101: How Much Should I be Charging, and Insurance Options."

The session, as the title implies, will cover the basics of business...


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