Equip - Summer 2013 - (Page Cover1)

InsIde 3 Industry Update 4 Expert Opinion With Obamacare’s fate uncertain, insurance options are baffling. 7 It’s the Law S-Corp, C-Corp, or LLC? Attorney Elisa Fox offers wise counsel. MaGazine by James M. Tabor Quick Strike: Good Hit or Sucker Punch? The industry reacts to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s aggressive new tactics. S TSA honcho William Arrington gives an update on security plans, worries about terror threats to motorcoaches. 12 Roundup State and regional bus associations share timely updates. 14 Innovation Showcase DEF storage, rattle-free racks, easy-installing AC units, and more. Hot Topic afety, like motherhood and apple pie, is a hard thing to oppose. After multiple-fatality bus accidents in Oregon (December 2012) and California (February 2013), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched Operation Quick Strike, described in a press 10 Q&A release as “an intensified investigation of high-risk passenger carriers.” On April 1, 2013, 50 specially trained, two-investigator teams fanned out across the U.S. According to FMCSA press releases, in the first eight weeks of operation, Quick Strike investigators issued out-of-service orders to dozens of companies in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Il- linois, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. FMCSA’s deputy director of communications, Duane DeBruyne, said that “Quick Strike is looking at high-risk carriers with a demonstrated record of road and inspection violations. The general population of responsible ABA members is not our primary target by any means.” The FMCSA’s high-risk pool contains about 250 carriers, roughly 6 percent of the nearly 4,000 motorcoach operators in the U.S. Bus industry response to Quick Strike has been very positive. Still, despite seemingly good federal intentions, Quick Strike appears to be striking out with a number of operators not on that “high risk” roster. There’s a growing chorus of complaints nationwide (from state and regional motorcoach groups in New England, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, most Midwestern states, and California), chiefly about mo- torcoaches being stopped for minor traffic violations and then subjected to intense and lengthy inspections, often at the roadside, where there is difficulty in ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers. Companies with good safety records are being subjected to weeks of investigations in their offices, with enforcement personnel digging for violations until they find them. One company owner considered Quick Strike so touchy that he declined an interview, saying “This is controversial, and often comments involving safety are taken out of context.” Indeed, even FMCSA’s own associate administrator for field operations, Anne Collins, who oversees Quick Strike, did not want to participate in an interview. According to FMCSA spokesman DeBruyne, Collins declined to speak because she preferred not to steal thunder from an upcoming press conference about Quick Strike. Bus operators and industry continued on page PREVOST. UPSCALE TRAVEL FOR TODAY’S PASSENGERS. Prevost coaches surround passengers with beautiful interiors and impressive amenities. High-end fabrics and flooring provide a luxurious look. Wi-Fi, headsets and electrical outlets assure convenience for tech-savvy travelers. And our High Decker design offers a better view through Prevost’s patented frameless windows. You can count on Prevost for exceptional performance and lower operating costs. And your passengers can look forward to the most comfortable ride they’ve ever experienced. www.prevostcar.com T h e u l t i m a t e c l a s s. 6 http://www.prevostcar.com http://www.prevostcar.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Equip - Summer 2013


Equip - Summer 2013