Luxury Coach & Transportation

September 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION SEPTEMBER 2018 39 To do this, he revamped the com- pany's website, and runs PVC as a sepa- rate business. "Marketing a motorcoach operation online is a lot easier than a limo company. Most of the traditional motorcoach companies are stuck in the tech dark ages. We are very lucky to have people like Bill Faeth, Pat Charla, and Arthur Messina who've embraced technology and helped limo operators develop a strong web presence." While it's a great way to diversify your company from your current of- ferings, it is not a business to be taken lightly or for granted, Sharenow warns. "ere's more to owning a motorcoach operation than just buying the buses. Anyone can go out and purchase one, but can you run it legally, efficiently, and profitably?" You should not do anything before you ready a training program, set up safety practices, and prepare for elec- tronic logging, drug testing, and all the other nuances that come into play. "e US DOT is not an authority to mess with. If they find you in violation, you'll be put out of service and that bus will not be making the money it needs to make it a financially good decision." — One of his challenges in this new sector is teaching bus drivers how to act more like chauffeurs. "ere's cer- tainly a different mentality. We want to change that paradigm and guide them to create a top-notch customer service experience for clients," he says. While training has helped, it doesn't hurt that his chauffeurs now make more money. "It's a combination of seeing the fruits of their labor paying off with the different types of work we've been able to go after that's higher paying. You can see we are bringing more of the limo tier of work into our coach business." Making An Educated Decision Sharenow and his partners Brian and Gary Wecksler, along with his cousin Andy Steinfeld, broke into the bus side of luxury ground transportation because they were looking to diversify business. "When we heard PVC was for sale, we thought it'd be a natural fit for us. We were already farming out business to them, and knew they were a trusted company with a rich history." e now 52-year-old company has proved to be a great purchase for him, especially as they are Prevost's oldest running and most loyal customer. FROM THE DESK OF THE US DOT "The final rule, which amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, applies to new over-the-road buses and to other types of new buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds), except transit buses and school buses. Beginning in November 2016, newly manufactured buses will be required to be equipped with lap and shoulder belts for each driver and passenger seat." Source: NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Seat Belts on Motorcoaches (11/20/13) What's The Value Of Seatbelts? "In justification of the new seat belt law, the feds named the high occupancy rate of the coaches, the speed at which they travel, and occupant ejections in rollover accidents. While the number of fatalities is relatively small, the statistics made it obvious most deaths during rollover accidents occurred because of ejection from the coach. Seat belts would reduce passenger ejections. While two-point seat belts have several negative features, three-point seat belts are limited in positive features. Experts will point out there are circumstances where three-point seat belts are more negative than positive. These would include evacuating a coach because of a fire or an oncoming train. Seat belts, and even three-point seat belts, may not add much safety in the event of a frontal or rear collision. Moreover, it is repeatedly pointed out seatbelts are of no value at all unless they are buckled." Source: BusesOnline article "An Interesting Read About Motorcoach Seat Belts" (8/14/14)

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