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Motorcoach Industry Selling More than Price
Motorcoach Industry Selling More than Price

May 12, 2015
the FMCSA’s safety crackdowns, we are seeing more unscrupulous carriers being taken out of the market, and therefore, seeing less and less lowball pricing,” says Matt Eyre, president of Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel in Glenelg, Md. “In our particular market, lowballing has decreased because demand has gone through the roof in the last couple of years,” adds Ryan Benjamin, director, charter sales and services

FMCSA rolls out new safety data app for motorcoach
FMCSA rolls out new safety data app for motorcoach

March 19, 2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to currently available online safety performance information for motorcoach and interstate truck companies. “By making currently available safety information on interstate truck and bus companies more easily accessible for both law enforcement personnel

House committee approves key legislation to stop fed insurance hike
House committee approves key legislation to stop fed insurance hike

May 15, 2015
The House Committee on Appropriations on May 13, 2015, approved significant legislation that would prevent for one year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending any money to develop, issue, or implement any regulation that increases the level of minimum financial responsibility for motorcoach companies. The Appropriations Committee vote tells FMCSA to stop

Fung Wah bus co. gets fed approval to return to the road
Fung Wah bus co. gets fed approval to return to the road

December 18, 2014
BOSTON — Fung Wah, the cut-rate bus company that provided service between Boston and New York and had its federal license revoked in March 2013 for safety violations, has been granted permission to resume operations, The Boston Globe reported. In a statement, the company said it had reached an agreement with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates interstate

FMCSA rulemaking to establish minimal driver training requirements
FMCSA rulemaking to establish minimal driver training requirements

December 18, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced through a Federal Register notice that it is seeking comment from commercial driver and training organizations, truck and bus associations, motor carriers, state licensing and law enforcement agencies, labor unions, safety advocacy groups, insurance companies, and the public on recommendations for membership to a negotiated

FMCSA awards $1M to train, place vets in driving careers
FMCSA awards $1M to train, place vets in driving careers

October 28, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program. “Those that we entrust to protect and serve

UMA operators hold 418 appointments during 'Capitol Hill Days'
UMA operators hold 418 appointments during 'Capitol Hill Days'

March 26, 2015
's event. In their meetings, UMA members shared information about their own businesses and rallied for backing of three critical needs: opposition of FMCSA's proposal to raise the Federal financial responsibility limits, support of Rep. Barletta's proposal (H.R. 1371, "Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015") to remove CSA scores from public view until the data used to calculate the score can be improved

FMCSA maintaining 50% random drug testing rates
FMCSA maintaining 50% random drug testing rates

December 31, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported the annual minimum random controlled substances testing rates for employees in safety sensitive positions, including bus and tractor-trailer drivers, will remain at 50% through 2015. The agency’s decision to maintain the current testing rate was based on data from motor carrier industry controlled substance lab test results

FMCSA seeking comments on revising financial responsibility levels

December 4, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comment from the public, liability insurance providers, motor carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders on the safety and financial impacts of revising minimum levels of financial responsibility. The Federal Government has long required motor carriers to maintain certain

FMCSA shuts down 2 Mass. operators

April 1, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of two Massachusetts-based bus companies for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers, passengers and the motoring public at risk. Thus far in 2014, FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of more than 75 unsafe bus and truck companies. A total of eight motor carriers and four

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