Lease/Interchange Rule for Passenger Carriers

March 17, 2016 08:59 AM
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United Motorcoach Association (UMA) needs your help to secure support from Members of Congress adding language to the FY 2017 Department of Transportation appropriations bill to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from enforcing the Lease and Interchange Rule for Passenger Carriers.  In its current form, this rule is an unwarranted and unwelcome burden on passengers and the industry and would do nothing to enhance safety. 

The rule deters your capability to execute a typical charter contract with other carriers with operating authority for capacity or emergency reasons, as is done in the normal course of your business.  The rule would prohibit traditional practices and require your company to enter a formal lease arrangement with a carrier for supplemental services and assume full responsibility for the compliance and violations of the federal safety regulations of that carrier. 

UMA believes a lease should never be required between two carriers when both have Federal operating authority.  The current practice allows enforcement agencies to properly assign violations and address the motor carrier ultimately responsible for compliance under their own US DOT number.  Imposing regulatory violations to a passenger carrier when contracting for supplemental service serves no one fairly or accurately.  

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