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WASHINGTON - The national commercial motor carrier safety system -- from Congress to federal regulators to state inspectors -- was criticized for confusing, misguided and sometimes antagonistic enforcement during a hearing intended to discuss safety improvements.

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit invited five industry representatives, including United Motorcoach Association member Brian Scott, to discuss the "Future of Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety: Technology, Safety Initiatives and the Role of Federal Regulation."

The hearing,...

WASHINGTON - Lobbying efforts by the United Motorcoach Association and others in the commercial motor vehicle industry are showing signs of success in Congress.

Two bills are moving through the House of Representatives that would block the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from increasing the minimum financial responsibility (liability insurance) limits on motor carriers.

One proposal is part of the overall bill to fund the Departments of Transportation...

As the motorcoach tour market has generally dimmed and dwindled during the past 15 years, one of the few bright spots has been the growth of the inbound Chinese market.

New figures - from a variety of sources - suggest that growth will continue to outpace other groups.

Nearly 2.2 million Chinese visitors traveled to the United States last year, a 21 percent increase over 2013.

And by 2019, China is projected by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism...

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- National Interstate Corporation, which experienced a challenging financial year in 2014 due mostly to a rise in truck accident claims, continued to see its net income decline during the first quarter of 2015.

National Insurance, a leading motorcoach industry insurer, reported first-quarter net income of $7.1 million, or 36 cents a share, compared with $8...

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Of all the vehicles in your fleet, the ones that may be holding their residual value the best are the large passenger vans.

The Black Book, an independent commercial vehicle valuation service, reports that as new Euro-style vans are being introduced in the U.S., older, boxier, full-size vans have shown strong results at vehicle auctions.


By Dave Millhouser

It was the strangest thing. Every one of the 170 kids who'd just returned from a youth camp in Colorado found, when they had their photos printed, an identical picture of their (beloved) bus drivers. None of them remembered taking the shot, and had no idea how it got there.

I know.

We'd bused the kids up...

CARSON, Calif. -- A Carson-based bus dealership was not liable in a 2010 rollover bus crash that killed two Chinese tourists and injured eight others during a trip to the Grand Canyon, a jury has ruled.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury last month found in favor of BusWest in a lawsuit filed by 13 plaintiffs who claimed there would have been fewer casualties had the company...


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