12/03/2019

 


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  Prevost delivers two 2020 H3-45s to Brown Coach and Upstate Transit


  From Prevost:

Ste. Claire, QC - Brown Coach, located in Amsterdam, NY, has been a Prevost customer since 1997 and currently runs a total of 50 coaches for Brown Coach and its sister company Upstate Transit, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Brown Coach most recently took delivery of two new 2020 H3-45s - one for each operation. Located just 30 miles apart, the Brown and Upstate fleets share similar team colors and graphics that tie the two services together under one owner.

"We believe Prevost makes the best coaches on the road," says Brown Coach owner Steven R. Brown. "What keeps us coming back as a loyal customer is the company’s outstanding after-sale support. Their teams go above and beyond and make themselves available anytime, day or night and on weekends, to ensure our questions get answered and our equipment is performing at top level."

 

Brown Coach most recently took delivery of two new 2020 H3-45s - one for each operation. Located just 30 miles apart, the Brown and Upstate fleets share similar team colors and graphics that tie the two services together under one owner.

In 1980, Brown Coach opened its doors to provide coach bus and coach service for the tri-city area of Albany, Schenectady and Troy. The company has owned and operated Upstate Transit since 2005 - Brown Coach acquired the transportation division from the Mathews Family, the Thomas School Bus dealer for upstate New York.

"When the principal in the company, Bruce Mathews, passed away, the family elected to focus on vehicle sales and service," says Brown. "They approached us on possibly acquiring the business and we felt it would be a good fit as we were both in the same greater-Albany market. Instead of being one of four competitors, we now only have two."

Brown is a mechanical engineer who dedicates his knowledge to making the products and systems on his coaches perform better and consistently ensure products from other industries work in his vehicles. His experience and expertise has proven instrumental in several Prevost products.

"I was surprised the Prevost engineering and support teams would be so willing to work with me to implement some of my ideas and make them fit into their coaches," he says. "They joke around with me about what they have come to call the Brown Specs."

About PREVOST
Prevost is a leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. As part of the Volvo Group, it has access to the financial strength, research capability, and manufacturing expertise of the group. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty diesel engines. Prevost has its main manufacturing facilities inQuebec, Canada and has 16 Parts and Service Centers located throughout the US & Canada...VISIT PREVOST >

  CVSA reminds motorcoach industry of federal ELD mandate deadline

Starting Dec. 17, 2019, all motor carriers and drivers subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging devices (ELD) final rule must use an ELD.

From Metro:

Starting Dec. 17, 2019, all motor carriers and drivers subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging devices (ELD) final rule must use an ELD. The deadline also pertains to grandfathered automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), which will no longer be allowed under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to provide records of duty status as a substitute to a required ELD. Motor carriers utilizing an AOBRD must have a fully operational ELD installed by Dec. 17, 2019.

According to FMCSA, there will be no extensions or exceptions made to the Dec. 17, 2019, ELD rule deadline. In addition, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) stated that inspectors will begin fully enforcing the ELD rule on Dec. 17, 2019, with no "soft enforcement" grace period.

* If a commercial motor vehicle driver is required to have an ELD and the vehicle is not equipped with a registered compliant ELD, the driver is considered to have no record of duty status, which also applies to a driver still using an automatic onboard recording device after the AOBRD to ELD transition deadline of Dec. 17.
* According to the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, a property-carrying driver who does not have a record of duty status in his or her possession when one is required will be declared out of service for 10 hours and a passenger-carrying driver without a record of duty status when one is required will be placed out of service for eight hours.

CVSA-certified roadside inspectors use the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria to identify conditions that preclude further operation of a commercial motor vehicle by its driver for a specified amount of time, or for some conditions, until the violation is corrected.

* The April 1, 2019, North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria specifies the out-of-service conditions related to deficiencies of record of duty status and hours-of-service rules and regulations.
* In addition, CVSA's Inspection Bulletin regarding hand-held and electronic logging devices outlines the requirements for devices used to record drivers' hours of service, according to 49 CFR Part 395 Subpart B – Electronic Logging Devices.

FMCSA implemented the ELD rule to make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share record of duty status information, and to help improve road safety and reduce the number of crashes.

* An ELD automatically records a driver's driving time and other hours-of-service data.
* Hours-of-service rules and regulations were developed to minimize driver fatigue and improve safety for everyone on the road.
* In addition, ELDs monitor a vehicle's engine data, such as when the engine is running, whether the vehicle is moving, miles driven, or duration of engine operation....... READ MORE >
 

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  Instructors, Students Build Wheelchair Ramp for Family in Need

 From School Bus Fleet:

MOORE, Okla. - Instructors and students at a technology center here recently worked together to create a new wheelchair ramp for a family in need, KFOR reports.

Greg Culver, a substitute teacher at Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC), told the news source that he started the initiative to build the wheelchair ramp after he was stopped behind a school bus for longer than normal one day after picking up his grandchildren from school.

Culver added that he couldn't see what was going on near the front of the bus and that it took about four or five minutes until he saw someone maneuver a wheelchair up on the front porch.

Culver told KFOR that the next day the same situation happened, but this time he noticed two students struggle to get up the ramp. From there, Culver told the news source that his decision to help was “a no brainer” and that he presented the idea to build the ramp to his welding class and Ryan Menefee, a welding instructor at MNTC, who then handed the project over to two of his students.

 

MOORE, Okla. - Instructors and students at a technology center here recently worked together to create a new wheelchair ramp for a family in need, KFOR reports.

Mason Smith (left) and Brayden Hudson, students at Moore Norman Technology Center and Moore High School, worked together to build a new wheelchair ramp for a family in need. Photo courtesy MNTC

Brayden Hudson, a senior at Moore High School and one of Menefee's students, told the news source that it makes him feel good to help other people, while Mason Smith, another one of Menefee's students, told KFOR that anyone can go to the store and buy a ramp, but making the equipment is what makes it special.

Moore Norman Technology Center said in a post on its Facebook page that it is proud of the students and staff who worked on the initiative to build the wheelchair ramp. The materials for the ramp were donated by the program, according to KFOR........... .READ MORE >



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