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01/05/2021

 


 CERTS Act Becomes Law

 

President Trump signed the bill containing the CERTS Act last night bringing to rest uncertainty over a threatened veto. Thus, the CERTS Act becomes law.

 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

President Trump signed the bill containing the CERTS Act last night bringing to rest uncertainty over a threatened veto. Thus, the CERTS Act becomes law.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 contains $900 billion in additional coronavirus relief. This includes $2 billion for the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act.

The President had threatened a veto despite his staff being part of the negotiations and assurances he would sign the omnibus bill. After passage in the House and Senate, President Trump insisted on inclusion of a $2,000 per person stimulus instead of the $600 contained in the bill.  Already working on the CERTS portion of the bill, the President's signature triggers an actual proposed rule regarding the requirements and application process.

The bill also includes $284 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This is a second forgivable loan to businesses with a sizable reduction in gross sales (25% or more). In signing the bill, the President also averted a potential government shutdown.

Background

Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the CERTS Act in July, to provide economic relief to the nation's struggling motorcoach companies and passenger vessel operators. These industries ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to CERTS, the landmark legislation contains other important avenues for relief that will be helpful to motorcoach companies. These provisions include $284 billion for continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first and second forgivable loans. It also provides for business deductibility for PPP expenses and $20 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). It extends the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

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  Virtual Safety and Maintenance Series
 

COVID-19 has challenged the bus and motorcoach industry. But we have been tested many times before. Each time, we've proved our resiliency, bouncing back. Because when people get together, even virtually, things get done.


    From ABA:

OnLine Webinar | Dec. 29, 2020 - Feb. 4, 2021

COVID-19 has challenged the bus and motorcoach industry. But we have been tested many times before. Each time, we've proved our resiliency, bouncing back. Because when people get together, even virtually, things get done.

Our in-person summer meetings were cancelled, so we put together a 6-week program of safety and COVID-19 response related education sessions to help keep you up to date in June & July 2020. With in-person sessions still on pause, we have decided to do a series again throughout January 2021 with 17 more safety, maintenance and compliance sessions scheduled.

The Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) is your forum to address the latest safety and compliance topics that affect motorcoach operations. The Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) is your forum to address the latest safety and maintenance topics that affect motorcoach operations.

For this winter education series, no single registration is required and there are no fees to participate and for some sessions you will even receive a certification! All sessions are offered al a carte.

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 Kim Frye's People Skills Bolster Team During Tough Times

 

Kim Frye, the director of transportation services for Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools (OCPS), has been involved in transportation her entire life, although her work has not always been related to the yellow bus.

"Her love for being around people and making them happy gives her the vitality that she demonstrates every day," says Olga Vazquez, a transportation specialist at the district. "When things get difficult, she rises to the occasion."

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Kim Frye, the director of transportation services for Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools (OCPS), has been involved in transportation her entire life, although her work has not always been related to the yellow bus. More generally, she is a third-generation veteran when it comes to buses: her grandfather and mother had long careers in public transportation.

Growing up, she witnessed firsthand the difference that transportation has made in so many peoples' lives. Today, after 25 years in public transportation and spending nearly the last five as a supervisor in student transportation, she works to have a positive impact on her employees.

"Drivers make a difference in so many kids' lives and I want to make a difference in a driver's life," she says.

Her husband, Morris Frye, a senior administrator of fleet services for the district, attests to this.

"She always says that transportation employees are unsung heroes, especially her drivers and monitors," he says.

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