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ARLINGTON, Va. - Since the International Registration Plan was set up 40 years ago by state motor vehicle registration officials, charter bus companies have been exempt from having to register under the plan.

That four-decade-long exemption ends Jan. 1, 2016, meaning every motorcoach company that crosses state lines as part of its operation will have to purchase apportioned license plates.

The change is occurring because state motor vehicle administrators voted overwhelmingly this past summer for an amendment to the plan that requires charter buses operated in interstate service to...

WASHINGTON -- An increased number of new motorcoach companies have applied for - and received -- federal operating authority in recent years, but there is some question as to how many actually have gone into business.

After a slowdown in applications caused by the Great Recession, the number of new companies applying for operating authority increased in fiscal 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to numbers complied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

During the three-year period,...

WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania congressman has introduced a bill that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to temporarily withhold from public view the motor carrier rankings and scores produced for the agency's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program by its Safety Measurement System.

The bill comes in the wake of a call by a coalition of ground transportation industry groups to halt public access to CSA scores. (See Sept. 15 Bus & Motorcoach News.)


Combined private- and public-sector sales of new MCI, Prevost, Setra, Van Hool and Volvo motorcoaches during the first six months of this year were virtually unchanged from the first half of last year.

Deliveries of fresh-off-the-assembly-line, 45- and 40-foot monocoque models by the five brands totaled 755 coaches from January through June of this year, compared to 750 motorcoaches sold during...

Like foliage tours and football-game charters, fall also brings another annual tradition to the motorcoach industry: filing reports mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ignore this requirement at your peril.

The deadline this year is Monday, Oct. 27.

ADA reporting requirements are mandatory for ALL bus operators -- whether they have accessible buses or not, or whether they...

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have denied the latest bid by the pioneering curbside carrier Fung Wah to resume operations, but gave the company 30 days to submit additional evidence that could get its buses rolling after 18 months off the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration order issued last month also set a 30-day deadline for the agency's Office of Registration and Safety...

NEW ORLEANS - The United Motorcoach Association has announced a busload of both substantive and subtle changes for UMA Motorcoach Expo 2015 here early next year - all designed to produce a more valuable experience for attendees.

Two of the changes should be of particular interest to small fleet operators, while two others will offer enhanced opportunities for attendees to mingle with and meet...


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