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04/07/2020

 


 

With the world facing a global pandemic related to Covid 19, many industries have been staggered by the actions taken to stop the rapid spread. Many of the businesses most directly impacted are related to the transportation and lodging of travelers.

Bus Solutions has focused on the bus industry for 36 years. We helped many operators after the 9/11 and SARS tragedies, and we stand ready to help again.  Our founder, David Mendenhall, has written an overview of how operators can deal with the present situation.

Modifying Credit Agreements
Cash Conservation
Working with Insurance Providers
Reducing Rent
Working with Vendors
Non-Essential Employees - Furloughs and Unemployment Protection
Financing Alternatives

While the current crisis continues to unfold, Bus Solutions is more than ready to work with industry professionals to construct assistance packages for operators. Bus Solutions is there when you need us, and has a proven ability to help.

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  Practicing Social Distancing After an Accident


While the roads across the country have become less congested as more people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still going to be times when a fleet driver may find him or herself involved in a collision.


  From Automotive Fleet:

While the roads across the country have become less congested as more people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still going to be times when a fleet driver may find him or herself involved in a collision.

In the case of a minor collision, where neither party is injured, the people involved would pull to the side of the vehicle, walk up to each other and begin exchanging information.

But in a world where the Center for Disease Control recommends people to keep at least six feet apart from each other in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, certain steps have changed in the process of exchanging information.

We reached out to AAA to see if it had any guidance in maneuvering through the post-collision process:

The main change is to not physically exchange insurance cards or any type of identification card, according to AAA. Instead, share any needed insurance and license information verbally, with each person involved writing down the information, AAA added.

Since you’ll be exchanging phone information, you can also take photos of the needed identifying cards and send that to the other person. The goal is to abide by CDC recommendations and stay six feet apart.

In the event that your vehicle is non-operational after the collision, don’t hitch a ride with the tow truck operator, if possible as the distance in the cab of the tow truck between the operator and you will likely be less than six feet.

"If your car needs to be towed, consider making arrangements for your own transportation - again, to adhere to social distancing recommendations as much as possible," according to AAA.

Apart from this guidance, AAA also provided a general checklist of things to do after an accident.

The first is to assist anyone involved in the accident that may have been injured. If anyone requires medical attention, call 911.

After that, ensure that all vehicles have been moved to a safe place, trying your best to not block oncoming traffic.


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  Webinar to Focus on Navigating the CARES Act for Small, Mid-Sized Businesses

   From School Bus Fleet:

Bobit Business Media, the largest fleet media, marketing services, and business intelligence provider, and parent company of Metro and School Bus Fleet, announces a new webinar: "Navigating the CARES Act for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses with Fleets."

Under the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), businesses with 500 or fewer employees can apply. The webinar will address the funding needs of businesses with commercial fleets, as well as small- and medium-sized private businesses.

This seminar, presented by Bobit's fleet group, which includes Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet, Metro, School Bus Fleet, and Work Truck, will provide guidance specific to those businesses regarding:

Bobit Business Media, the largest fleet media, marketing services, and business intelligence provider, and parent company of Metro and School Bus Fleet, announces a new webinar: "Navigating the CARES Act for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses with Fleets."

* Loan details, eligibility, and application requirements.
* Loan forgiveness do's and don'ts for fleets.
* Other loan information such as on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
* Requirements for larger companies' access to loans.
* Updated information not covered in initial federal guidance.
* What's next? Information on a potential CARES Act 2.0.

The panel consists of Phil Feigen, Attorney, managing partner DC Office and Shareholder at Polsinelli Law Firm; Matthew W. Daus, Esq., partner and chair, Transportation Practice Group at Windels Marx; Kirk Browning, president, Auto, Truck and Specialty Vehicle Fleet Divisions at 1st Source Bank; and Gregory M. Scott, founder and president of Merevir consulting.

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