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WASHINGTON - Federal safety officials have warned motor carriers to be alert for signs of synthetic drug use by drivers because current testing procedures are unable to detect many of these substances. The National Transportation Safety Board determined recently that the use of synthetic cannabinoid - a manmade chemical similar to marijuana -- was the cause of a fatal collision between a tractor-trailer rig and a medium-sized bus carrying a college softball team. A smoking pipe containing the drug was found on the floor of the truck following the crash, which occurred when the truck crossed...

 
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - ABC Companies' diversifications brought a fourth consecutive year of record sales in 2015, said Tim Wayland, ABC president and chief commercial officer. "It is about being a solution provider. Our customers are not just running charter tours. They do all sorts of different things," Wayland said. "The operators who have survived are stronger than ever and more diversified than ever. We recognize that and we realized that we had to come up with different solutions for them....

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- New Flyer Industries Inc. has completed its $480 million acquisition of Motor Coach Industries, the company announced late last month. At the same time, the company said that Paul Soubry, New Flyer's president and CEO, also was named president and CEO of MCI and its subsidiaries. He replaced Rick Heller, who stepped down after five years as CEO of MCI. New Flyer announced in the fall that it had agreed to purchase MCI from KPS Capital Partners LP in a deal valued at $480...

ASHBURN, Va. - Nearly nine years ago, a bus accident in Atlanta resulted in the deaths of seven people - and forever changed the motorcoach industry. That accident marked the beginning of an era of intense regulation of the industry that continues today, said Ken Presley, the United Motorcoach Association's vice president of industry relations and COO. Since then, federal regulations on the industry...

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a significant reduction in the rate for random drug testing this year because the rate of drivers testing positive fell for three straight years. Commercial motor vehicle operators must now randomly test 25 percent of their drivers for controlled substances each year, down from the previous 50 percent. FMSCA said that...

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is getting closer to developing a rule regarding sleep apnea among commercial motor vehicle drivers. FMCSA, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration, has issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to the Office of Management and Budget that could result in the regulation of testing and treatment of drivers with sleep...

SAN FRANCISCO -- The operator of an out-of-control tour bus that crashed near Union Square failed a surprise post-accident inspection and could be shut down if problems persist, California Highway Patrol documents show. The widespread violations uncovered in the inspection -- conducted one week after the Nov. 13 accident that left 20 people injured -- prompted the Motor Carrier Safety Unit of the...



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