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04/20/2021

 


  Eberspächer Names ABC Companies as Certified Service Partner

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment, parts, service and technical support in North America has been designated as the Eberspächer Certified Service Partner for the United States.


  From ABC Companies:

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment, parts, service and technical support in North America has been designated as the Eberspächer Certified Service Partner for the United States. After an extensive vetting process, Eberspächer selected ABC Companies' Speciality Vehicles and Technologies (SVT) division to provide Eberspächer customers a comprehensive range of service, parts and dedicated technical support. This new program is part of Eberspächer's ongoing enhancements in customer satisfaction for motorcoach and transit customers, including emerging zero emissions electric vehicles (ZEV).

As a qualified Eberspächer Service Partner, ABC SVT and ABC Parts Source divisions will support Eberspächer HVAC systems within the OE and replacement markets, providing access to parts and service directly through a nationwide parts and service network. Offering numerous benefits including onsite repairs at customer locations, as well as mobile tech services, Eberspächer customers can access technical and field support services via a 24/7 Customer Care hotline. With access to a comprehensive online parts ordering system and U.S. based call center, customers can expect fast and convenient turnaround on Eberspächer components. ABC warranty claims specialists can also assist Eberspächer customers in warranty support and claims processing as required.

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The Corona Virus has had a significant negative impact on certain market segments of our industry.
Consequently, the September 2020 and March 2021 Official Commercial Bus Book and the
April 2021 Official School Bus Blue Book will all be coming out in the next few weeks.
Place your orders today to make sure you reserve your copies.

 
  Why operators need to pay attention to their Paynet credit ratings

In recent weeks, some operators may have discovered their commercial credit rating has taken a hit despite working with their creditors.


    From Bus & Motorcoach News:

In recent weeks, some operators may have discovered their commercial credit rating has taken a hit despite working with their creditors.

With so many operators making payment modifications during the pandemic as revenues shrank, there have been cases where these arrangements haven't been properly applied or accounted for in payment records. As a result, some reports are showing delinquencies.

Fortunately, the problem can be fixed if it is due to inaccurate information, said Dave Johnson, MCI's Financial Services Regional Sales Manager. He joined a recent UMA Town Hall to explain what to do.

PayNet records

"All the banks and lenders utilize PayNet. It's a very important part of the credit process. Basically, PayNet is like a corporate credit bureau," said Johnson, adding that operators should make sure their PayNet records are accurate so future financing is as easy as possible.

PayNet is used by secured lenders who do equipment financing.

Because these records are available only to PayNet members, UMA Members may not become aware of the issue until they are applying for a new loan, according to Johnson.................

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The Corona Virus has had a significant negative impact on certain market segments of our industry.
Consequently, the September 2020 and March 2021 Official Commercial Bus Book and the
April 2021 Official School Bus Blue Book will all be coming out in the next few weeks.
Place your orders today to make sure you reserve your copies.

 
  L.A. Metro Could Begin Offering Free Rides to K-12 Students This Summer

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) could begin a fareless transit pilot program this August for K-12 students.
More details on L.A. Metro's Fareless System Initiative - including costs, potential funding sources, and the possibility of including
other L.A. County bus agencies - is expected to come next month. Photo: L.A. Metro


    From School Bus Fleet:

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) could begin a fareless transit pilot program this August for K-12 students.

On Thursday, L.A. Metro staff told the agency's board of director's executive management committee about the proposal to begin the pilot for students one year earlier than the original plan for August 2022.

The new proposal is predicated on three key points:

* L.A. Metro will return to pre-pandemic levels of bus service by September so there will be capacity for students to ride.
* It's best to do something for those in need as soon as possible and fareless could save families money and time. A monthly pass for K-12 students costs $24.
* L.A. Metro is working on a plan to fund a pilot program beginning in August although the agency would need to figure out a long-term funding strategy if fareless was to become permanent. As part of this, the agency will also be reaching out to potential funding partners — including school districts and community college districts.

Under the current proposal, a pilot fareless program would also be available for low-income riders, beginning in Jan. 2022. The pilots for both students and low-income riders would conclude June 30, 2023. L.A. Metro staff is also studying whether community college students could be included in a fareless program in the future.

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