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WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed last month a new federal motor vehicle safety standard aimed at better protecting motorcoach passengers during rollover crashes.

The standard likely would result in structural changes to large buses that would assure the space around passengers remains "sufficiently intact" during rollovers, meaning no windows popping open, no overhead bins crashing down and no roof collapsing, and emergency exits remaining operable after a rollover.

The agency said it expects some manufacturers will have to make substantial design...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Judging by the responses to the latest United Motorcoach Association Membership Survey and Industry Assessment, the next year should see more motorcoach operators buying more new motorcoaches.

The 2014 UMA survey again asked this question: Do you plan on purchasing new coaches in the next 12 months?"

Nearly 45 percent of the operators participating in the survey indicated they planned to buy new buses in the coming year.

Just over 55 percent of the survey respondents...

ARLINGTON, Va. - Disparities in state law enforcement are creating an uneven safety playing field for motor carriers that have different operating patterns and mileage exposure, says a new study from the American Transportation Research Institute.

The different priorities and violation issuance rates across states dramatically undermine the uniformity of the "supposedly standardized" Compliance, Safety, Accountability assessment program, ATRI said.

"By simply crossing into an adjoining...

Critical to the long-term economic wellbeing of the North American motorcoach industry is a healthy used bus market.

The reason, of course, is because motorcoaches have such a long service life and because so much of a typical coach company's assets - and ultimately the owners' net worth - are wrapped up in the fleet of buses out in the yard.

Right now, the market for used motorcoaches...

WASHINGTON -- A $10.8 billion bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through May was adopted by the House and Senate.

But bi-partisan passage of the measure did little to reduce the vitriol aimed at Congress over the issue of financing the federal highway and public transportation program and even resulted in new areas of criticism.

Congressional action came shortly before lawmakers...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - BusRates.com, the online group travel directory, was featured in a news report on motor carrier safety by a Washington, D.C., television station, ABC News 7.

The report noted BusRates' direct access to federal safety records for companies listed on its website.

Near each company name, BusRates links to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration SAFER system "Company...

WASHINGTON - The United Motorcoach Association is seeking nominations -- from among its associate members that are engaged in bus and motorcoach manufacturing -- for the coachbuilder representative on the UMA board.

For the first time, the coachbuilder representative on the board will be elected using the same procedure employed for selecting active-member regional board members.



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