FEBRUARY 4, 2020
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Come to Washington, DC
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And make a difference for operators like you!
UMA is inviting bus and motorcoach industry colleagues to join us on Capitol Hill April 28-29, to advocate for legislative priorities to protect the future of our industry and secure favorable business conditions to foster growth and prosperity.

The Bus & Motorcoach Industry Legislative Fly-In includes a legislative briefing for all participants so you will be prepped to discuss the issues at hand. As well, professional staff will accompany you at your meetings to support your efforts. Please sign up for this free event and make a difference for our industry.

Go to www.uma.org/capitol-hill to sign up. It's free to attend!
April 28-29
Trendsetters Industry Showcase reports on new directions, innovations for motorcoaches
This compelling new publication is packed with news about industry innovations and analysis of where these trends are taking operators. Here are just a few of the articles featured in Trendsetters. Read them in our convenient flip-book format.

  • Professional training on demand; anytime, anywhere
  • Driver shortage propels operators to transform recruiting strategies
  • Tech tools increasing driver safety
AUTONOMY
Snow and ice pose vexing obstacle
Wired | February 3, 2020 | by Will Knight

Most testing of autonomous vehicles until now has been in sunny, dry climates. That will have to change before the technology will be useful everywhere.

In late 2018,  Krzysztof Czarnecki , a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, built a  self-driving car  and trained it to navigate surrounding neighborhoods with an annot ated driving data set from researchers in Germany.

The vehicle worked well enough to begin with, recognizing Canadian cars and pedestrians just as well as German ones. But then Czarnecki took the autonomous car for a spin in heavy Ontarian snow. It quickly became a calamity on wheels, with the safety driver forced to grab the wheel repeatedly to avert disaster.

The incident highlights a gap in the development of self-driving cars: maneuvering in bad weather. To address the problem, Czarnecki and  Steven Waslander , a professor at the University of Toronto, compiled a data set of images from snowy and rainy Canadian roads. It includes footage of foggy camera views, blizzard conditions, and cars sliding around, captured over two winters. The individual frames are annotated so that a machine can interpret what the scene conveys. Autonomous driving systems typically use annotated images to inform algorithms that track a car's position and plan its route.

WORKFORCE PERSPECTIVE
You have the data. Try artificial intelligence to reduce turnover.
Transport Topics | January 28, 2020 | by Hayden Cardiff

Fleets searching for ways to find and retain safe drivers can find answers in their own data … if they know how to properly mine it.

Start by identifying inefficiencies in your system that could cause safety-based turnover. For example, a fleet may have driver safety data, but when it’s disorganized it becomes functionally useless. Telematics, training and human resources records are all valuable, but when spread across different platforms, important trends often are overlooked. Taking even small steps to organize and understand your data can help.

For fleets that aren’t already taking these steps, manual scorecarding, in particular, can be a useful way to evaluate driver performance. It’s as simple as picking three or four metrics you’d like to evaluate your drivers on, such as on-time delivery or accident avoidance, and checking boxes to see how well your drivers meet your selected criteria.

Fleets also should be calling drivers more regularly to get feedback and see if anyone is unhappy. All of these can reduce driver turnover by giving you a better picture of your drivers’ performance and by keeping them involved in your fleet.
CVSA announces spring events

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced its planned events for Spring of 2020, including moving up the date for International Roadcheck by about a month to May 5-7. The focus for 2020 is on the driver requirements category of a roadside inspection.

International Roadcheck  is a CVSA program with participation by U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation.

Additionally, CVSA will hold Canadian HOS/ELD Training for ELD Vendors and Motor Carriers in Rosemont, Illinois, from March 10-12. Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) compliance deadline is scheduled for June 12, 2021.

This training is for anyone – motor carrier safety directors, owner-operators, commercial motor vehicle drivers, technicians, fleet managers, ELD vendors and programmers, etc. – who wants to learn more about Canada’s HOS rules and its upcoming ELD mandate.

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Uber suspends accounts in Mexico over user suspected to have novel coronavirus
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Gizmodo UK | February 3, 2020 | by Jody Serrano

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, its effects are being felt around the world. In Mexico, Uber felt compelled to act when it learned that its drivers had possibly come into contact with a person suspected to have coronavirus. Consequently, it temporarily deactivated the accounts of 240 users who had also traveled with the drivers in Mexico City.

Uber informed its users about the incident in  a statement posted to Twitter  this weekend. In the statement, the company said that it had received information about a rider suspected of being infected with coronavirus from Mexico City’s Health Department. Uber proceeded to provide the department with the contact information of two drivers that had possibly been in contact with that user.

Nonetheless, Uber did not stop there. It explains in the statement that it temporarily deactivated the accounts of 240 users that had also traveled with the two drivers and informed them that they could contact Mexico’s Epidemiological Intelligence and Health Unit (UIES) for more information or to report symptoms.

American School Bus Council launches 'Love the Bus' celebrations

Today the American School Bus Council (ASBC) launched its annual “Love the Bus” campaign at two separate Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) events in Orlando Florida. In the morning, there was a student assembly at an OCPS elementary school followed by a recognition of all OCPS transportation employees at the school system's new transportation facility.

Launched in 2007, Love the Bus is a month-long celebration held every February. The event celebrates the importance and role of the yellow school bus in education, with a particular focus on thanking school bus drivers for safely transporting more than 25 million children to and from school every day. Love the Bus events are held at schools, school bus facilities, and other locations across the country. The events raise awareness and appreciation for the experience of riding the bus to and from school, and they recognize the diverse group of professionals whose daily efforts make the yellow school bus part of the fabric of American life.

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Chauffeur Driven/NLA show offers UMA member discount
The Chauffeur Driven/NLA Show, a four-day event coming up Feb. 23-26 at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas is co-produced by new partners Chauffeur Driven magazine and the National Limousine Association (NLA).

United Motorcoach Association members can register for the special price of $420 for a four-day pass—a savings of $75—with code UMA75 . Also, rooms are available at Mandalay Bay for only $168 per night, or next door at the Delano for only $198 per night. Everything you need to register, book your accommodations, or see a full lineup of events is available at  CDNLAshow.com . And remember to visit UMA booth #33 in the exhibit hall.
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JUNE 2020
  • 21-24 PBA Annual Meeting, Wind Creek, Bethlehem, PA Details
  • 25-28 New England Bus Association Annual Conference, Northfalmouth, MA www.newenglandbus.org
JULY 2020
  • 27-29 Midwest Bus & Motorcoach Association Annual Convention/Trade Show/Roadeo to the Calendar of Industry Events. It is July 27-29, at Isle Casino in Bettendorf, IA. www.mbmca.org.

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MARCH 2021
3-7 UMA Motorcoach EXPO, Orlando, FL www.motorcoachexpo.com
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