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WASHINGTON - Motorcoach manufacturers and buyers have adapted far ahead of federal regulations that will require new motorcoaches and large buses to be equipped with lap and shoulder belts for the driver and all passengers. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule requiring new vehicles to be equipped with three-point seatbelts takes effect on November 28. "We will deliver our last order of seats without belts in October," said Tony Cunnane of Kiel North America in Elkhart, Ind. "We are probably supplying 90 to 95 percent of our seats with belts now. The...

 
WASHINGTON - Nearly three-quarters of Americans support using tax dollars to create, expand and improve public transportation in their communities and say Congress should increase the level of federal spending on public transportation infrastructure, a recent poll found. (See relatted stories on pages 6 and 8.) The survey, conducted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in conjunction with the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), was released at a time...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The United Motorcoach Association will introduce the first-ever UMA Annual International Driver Competition for motorcoach drivers at the 2017 UMA Motorcoach Expo in St. Louis. The competition will take place on February 28. "Many state and regional associations hold competitions," said UMA Chairman Dale Krapf of Krapf Coaches in West Chester, Pa. "These best-of-the-best drivers will have an opportunity to compete nationally and receive the recognition...

Spontaneous combustion on a pile of oil-soaked rags was blamed for an August fire that heavily damaged a Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge and forced a two-hour closure of the adjacent Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The lodge may need to be rebuilt because the fire's heat twisted steel support beams. The Oak Ridge Fire Department told local media this was the fourth fire...

OLDWICK, N.J.-- A.M. Best has revised its outlook from stable to negative for Lancer Insurance Co. while at the same time affirming the financial strength rating for the motorcoach industry insurer. A.M. Best said the revised outlook for Lancer Insurance reflects the declining trend in its underwriting performance over the past several years, particularly in 2015, in large measure...

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has finalized new fuel- economy standards for large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles, the latest in a series of efforts aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions and weaning the nation from its dependence on fossil fuels. The new requirements affect a class of vehicles that includes motorcoaches, school buses, large pickup trucks,...

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a new safety-focused campaign, "Our Roads, Our Responsibility," to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around commercial motor vehicles, particularly large trucks and buses. "Trucks and buses move people and goods around the country, contributing to our economic wellbeing and our way of life,"...



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