06/13/2017

 

 




  FMCSA Pulls Back Planned Minimum Insurance Rulemaking
 

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

UMA Calls Action a Victory Over Regulatory Overreach

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United Motorcoach Association expressed its gratitude to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for halting an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information to justify requiring higher minimum insurance levels for commercial motor carriers. In withdrawing the measure, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration noted that there was insufficient data to indicate that an increase was necessary.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United Motorcoach Association expressed its gratitude to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for halting an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information to justify requiring higher minimum insurance levels for commercial motor carriers. In withdrawing the measure, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration noted that there was insufficient data to indicate that an increase was necessary.

“We had the facts on our side, and some great allies in the House, and we got the word out to our members”

UMA members have been fighting this regulatory overreach for more than two years, prioritizing a withdrawal of this measure each year since it was first proposed in November 2014. A great deal of credit for this commonsense reversal is due to the work of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and Representative Scott Perry, both Republicans from Pennsylvania, who worked tirelessly to pass the FAST Act in 2015.

The FAST Act included provisions to ensure that minimum insurance limits for commercial motor carriers could not be raised absent a complete analysis that supported any increase. That measure helped fend off what would have been an expensive, burdensome and unwarranted mandate on the nation’s bus and motorcoach companies.

“We had the facts on our side, and some great allies in the House, and we got the word out to our members,”         READ MORE>

 

  ABA Foundation Announces 2017-2018 Scholarship Winners
 

The American Bus Association Foundation - the largest non-profit organization in the group travel industry, with an emphasis on research and scholarships - announced the 2017 George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarship winners. The ABA Foundation has awarded scholarships every year for the past two decades. Overall, the ABA Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in financial support to more than 260 scholars

The American Bus Association Foundation - the largest non-profit organization in the group travel industry, with an emphasis on research and scholarships - announced the 2017 George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarship winners. The ABA Foundation has awarded scholarships every year for the past two decades. Overall, the ABA Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in financial support to more than 260 scholars

The American Bus Association Foundation - the largest non-profit organization in the group travel industry, with an emphasis on research and scholarships - announced the 2017 George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarship winners. The ABA Foundation has awarded scholarships every year for the past two decades. Overall, the ABA Foundation has awarded nearly $900,000 in financial support to more than 260 scholars.

The program was established 20 years ago after the passing of ABA’s former President & CEO, George T. Snyder. Mr. Snyder dedicated his entire professional career to the bus industry, and had a deep commitment to advancing educational opportunities for the next generation.

“For 20 years the ABA Foundation’s George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarship Program has helped deserving young people pay for their college education,” said ABA Foundation President & CEO Peter J. Pantuso.  “This year the ABA Foundation was proud to announce we had $100,000 available in scholarships for our members.”  These scholarships are awarded at a time when the average annual tuition hovers around $9,600 in state and $33,000 at private colleges, which doesn’t include room, board and other expenses.

The list of winners include:  ABA MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP   READ MORE>

 

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  School Bus Fire Investigations Key to Prevention
 

From School Transportation News:

While no two incidents are the same, understanding the causes of each individual school bus fire holds the key to future prevention, as STN EXPO attendees will learn this summer.

Amid a rash of school bus fires over the past month, nationally certified fire investigator Norm Dube told STN that student transporters should familiarize themselves with proper cause and origin investigations to understand how to avoid future events. 

Dube is presenting “School Bus Thermal Events, Investigation & Prevention” on July 8 in Reno, Nevada. He will also be a panelist during a July 10 discussion on fire suppression systems for school buses.

While no two incidents are the same, understanding the causes of each individual school bus fire holds the key to future prevention, as STN EXPO attendees will learn this summer.

"Prevention comes from the knowledge learned from each thermal event. An engine fire is way too vague to have a good understanding for the incident cause," said Dube, who holds certifications in fire and explosion investigations as well as vehicle fire investigations from the National Association of Fire Investigators. “Once defined, you can hone in on preventing reoccurrences. You would be surprised what you find when exemplar units are inspected to confirm the investigator's findings.”

Dube started N&D Services, LLC last June followed by 24 years with First Student and FirstGroup as quality assurance manager and national technical manager. Before that, he spent over 12 years at Ryder System, Inc. as a service manager.

At the STN EXPO, he will draw upon real-life data to review the typical causes of school bus fires and how student transporters can prevent them. Dube will also discuss the importance of reviewing maintenance records, vehicle condition reports and manufacturer recalls as well as interviewing bus drivers and even student passengers.

“There are too many variables that need to be taken into account. An investigation based on the evidence collected from the vehicle, will allow the investigator to form a hypothesis as to the cause and origin based on NFPA 921,” he said. “Inspection of exemplar vehicles will most likely confirm the findings and allow corrective measures to applied to the balance of the fleet.”    READ MORE >

 
 
 

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