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NHTSA issues the NPRM on seat belts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that begins the process to mandate lap and shoulder restraint systems based on established U.S. standards and specifications on all newly manufactured motorcoaches. The eventual law becomes effective in January 2014.

Temsa goes global with virtual assist

A crisis can provide an opportunity for change and growth in a company. The Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa could not agree more, crediting the engineering firm LMS International for its bounce back from Turkey’s financial crisis and climb to the top of the global coach and bus market.

Panel corrosion repair made easy

At Chicago Sightseeing Company we do everything we can to keep our motorcoaches for a 20-year life cycle, which means adhering to our strategy to keep our vehicles in safe and good condition. Panel corrosion will always be a situation we, like all operators, must face and repair. Over the years we have come up with an easy and perhaps obvious solution to this problem.

Announcing the winners: 2010 BUSRide MotorVision Competition

Announcing the winners of the 2010 BUSRide MotorVision Competition.

High-tech in the land of the Sleeping Dragon

China is on the fast track to possibly overtake Japan next year to become the country with the second-most vehicles on the road. Vehicle ownership in China is expected to top 75 million in 2011, according to Xu Changming, a research director at the State Information Center.

Coach Canada rolls on with renewed vision

Drawing on its history of providing reliable transportation for more 50 years, Coach Canada Peterborough, ON, Canada, is pushing into 2011 with a new leader who is fully focused on Megabus.

Grede Holdings receives Silver Award

Novi, MI-based Grede Holdings LLC has received the Silver Award for Outstanding Performance from Thomas Built Buses.

APTA calls for papers for 2011 ‘Bus Roadeo’ event

The American Public Transportation Association is inviting its members to submit abstracts for participation in APTA’s Bus and Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo.

Kolodziej: EPA, DOT missing NG incentives in proposal

The president of Natural Gas Vehicle America is disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have not included incentives for natural gas in its recently released proposal to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

The party rocks while the All Conference Coach rolls

Last fall before the annual Iowa-Iowa State football game, long-time Hawkeye supporter Bill Rieckhoff came up with an idea for a better tailgate party. He envisioned two large specialty motorcoaches each with extravagant amenities and painted in the school colors of the rival teams. He would park them side by side outside the Iowa University’s Kennick Stadium and entertain partying football fans.