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09/29/2020

 


  FMCSA approves swapping rear-vison mirrors for digital cameras

 

From CDL Life:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has approved an exemption request to allow trucking companies to use a digital camera system in place of rear-vision mirrors.

The FMCSA's exemption request approval was published in the Federal Register on September 17.

The waiver will allow Robert Bosch LLC and Mekra Lang North America LLC to equip trucks with a 'CV Digital Mirror System' in place of the two required rear-vision mirrors.

The companies say that the CV Digital Mirror System involves multiple digital cameras are mounted high on the exterior of the vehicle and that these cameras are connected to monitors located on the left and right A-pillars of the commercial motor vehicle.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has approved an exemption request to allow trucking companies to use a digital camera system in place of rear-vision mirrors.
 

 

 
 Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve Chairman call on Congress to rescue small businesses

 


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday.  Both urged Congress to make more funding available for small businesses.

In his testimony, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said, "The most important thing Congress could do would be to unlock the unused $130 billion under the government-backed Paycheck Protection Program to allow the administration to send out second checks to the hardest-hit firms."

Earlier this year small businesses received $525 billion in low-interest loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls amid the pandemic.

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell also highlighted the PPP as an important means of boosting the economy.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday.  Both urged Congress to make more funding available for small businesses.
 

"The risk is that spending will weaken," Powell said, pointing to millions of workers who will have a hard time finding a job over the long term "because they work in those difficult areas of the economy" like restaurants and travel. Increasingly, small businesses across the nation are closing and not likely to return.

Powell faced heat from the Committee for the poor performance of the Main Street Lending Program, targeted at midsized businesses. Powell reported less that approximately $2 billion had been loaned from the $600 billion Congress allocated.

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  Virginia District to Purchase 19 School Buses With Pandemic-Related Savings

 

Frederick County (Va.) Public Schools has approved the purchase of 19 school buses with money saved as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Winchester Star reports.
 

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Frederick County (Va.) Public Schools has approved the purchase of 19 school buses with money saved as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Winchester Star reports.

During a meeting on Sept. 15, the district's board agreed - in a vote of 6 to 1 - to shift more than $1.9 million in savings from the fiscal year 2020 operating budget to the fiscal year 2021 budget to buy new school buses, according to the newspaper.

Frederick County Public Schools reopened for the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 8 after the pandemic prompted school closures in late March, according to the district's website.

School board member Brandon Monk, who was the only opposing vote, said, according to The Winchester Star, that he wanted the board to consider other possible needs within the district before coming to a decision.

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