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WASHINGTON - If federal regulators were unclear about how a new bus-leasing rule would affect the motorcoach industry, they appear to have gotten the message during a recent roundtable meeting here. Several operators, including nine United Motorcoach Association members, explained to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials how the Lease and Interchange Rule would impact them in simple economic terms. "It's going to stifle the small operator," said Marcia Milton, president and CEO of First Priority Trailways. Milton and other UMA members told the FMCSA...

 
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- ABC Companies exceeded sales expectations for 2016 with a boost from the successful launch of its Van Hool CX35 motorcoach. Similar results are expected next year, although company executives believe growth in the motorcoach industry is being slowed by entry barriers facing new carriers. "If we finish the year as we anticipate, we will probably exceed our budget and forecast for 2016," ABC President and CEO Dane Cornell said. "It has been a good year....

WASHINGTON - Motorcoaches travel on wheels, so it is only logical that tires play an important safety role. In fact, tires have been blamed, at least partly, in some recent deadly bus crashes in the U.S. There is little margin for error in maintaining motorcoach front tires because they carry greater loads than the steering tires on heavier tractor-trailer combinations, said Robert Molloy, chief of the report development division in the Office of Highway Safety at the National...

WASHINGTON - A deadly bus crash that left 13 people dead on a California freeway in October has once again put the spotlight on motorcoach liability insurance minimums. Insurance was a hot topic a couple years ago when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced plans to significantly raise the minimum level from the current $5 million to as much as $20 million...

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- National Interstate Corporation has reported sharply higher net income for the third quarter and first nine months of this year. The parent company of leading motorcoach industry insurer National Interstate Insurance said it earned $9.77 million, or 49 cents per common share, during the three months ended Sept. 30, up nearly 90 percent from third-quarter 2015...

CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has upheld a mandate that interstate trucks and buses convert to electronic logging devises by the end of next year. 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. OOIDA argued that requiring the use of ELDs violates...

WASHINGTON - A group of trucking companies has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre- employment drug testing regulations for drivers. The petitioners, most of them members of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, contend that if FMCSA grants them exemptions,...



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