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Motorcoach Council

Advice offered by operators following safety audits

ASHBURN, Va. -- The bus and motorcoach industry is increasingly waving a last good-bye to the three-day Compliance Review of old.

That's because it largely has been replaced by full-blown safety investigations that can last for weeks or months, and are conducted by trained investigators who probably don't have your company interests in mind, panelists warned at the United Motorcoach Association annual Safety Management Seminar here last month.

Each company has to look out for its own interests in this new world and...

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - A series of moves implemented during the past year appear to have positioned ABC Companies to take advantage of the benefits that a recovering economy may bring to the motorcoach industry in the New Year ahead.

The North American distributor of Van Hool coaches, which now has become a bus manufacturer, rebranded its two best-selling Van Hool models and expanded its product range with a slate of new offerings.

"The change and growth have been pretty fast-paced," said...

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking input on the possibility - some say likelihood -- of increasing the minimum amount of liability insurance that motor carriers are required to have.

The agency wants feedback from the public, liability insurance providers, motor carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders on the safety and financial impacts of revising the minimum levels of financial responsibility required under 49 CFR Part 387.

An "advanced notice...

WASHINGTON - Read this c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y.

A misreading, says one long-time operator, could result in "having your head handed to you" by safety inspectors or investigators.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded a requirement that property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers submit, and their bosses retain, driver vehicle inspection reports when the driver...

Session to focus on fatigue issue, expert presenter

NEW ORLEANS - One of North America's leading experts on fatigue management will discuss the hot-button topic on the first full day of UMA Motorcoach Expo here this month.

Roger Clarke of Motor Carrier Safety Associates in Red Deer, Alberta, will conduct a one-hour session at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

Clarke has more than...

By Dave Millhouser

It was scary.

A man entered a friend's small business and pulled out . . . an IRS badge.

An ever-alert IRS computer had detected that a mandatory filing hadn't occurred, and he was there to investigate.

This story had a happy ending, my friend produced documentation showing the filing had been made and the agent sorted things out.

No record...

ASHBURN, Va. - Nearly two years after the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a "retrospective review" of certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations that apply to over-the-road-bus operators, the department has revealed it intends to publish a rulemaking - probably next year - that would modify the rules.

Additionally, plans were announced to strengthen enforcement...


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