April 3, 2018
Bus Association of New York fends off inspection tax
Congratulations are in order! Last week the Bus Association of New York (BANY) scored an important victory, defeating an onerous proposed inspection tax on passenger carriers. The New York State Department of Transportation inspects passenger carrier vehicles twice a year under their “721” program, which has been in place for decades. However, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed charging $120 per inspection and legislation was introduced in the Assembly and Senate, BANY members sprang into action with a powerful letter writing and phone campaign. And they prevailed.

“BANY members have been relentless for the last eight weeks contacting their legislators via letter writing campaigns and personal phone calls to lobby against the provision in the governor's proposed budget,” said current BANY president Cam Morris, manager of Hale Transportation in Oneonta. When commenting on the victory she said, “It was all of us!”

This is the second time BANY has defeated an onerous tax targeted at the bus industry. A few years ago, the state of New York attempted to impose a retroactive sales tax on fares and charters.
Workforce dynamics: What comes after millennials?
A lot of what we believe about generations is wrong; and who can keep up with all the new nomenclature? Looking for a little clarity as you contemplate the next generation of worker and consumer? Jason Dorsey is a pioneering iGen and Millennials researcher who has been featured on 60 Minutes and The Today Show and in The New York Times as well as hundreds more media outlets. See his take on Gen Z and iGen in an informative 20 minute video.
Creating a social media strategy to grow your motorcoach business

METRO l by Alja Seabron l March 22, 2018

Everyone knows their company needs to leverage social media to expand their brand's reach and grow their customer base, but do you know where to start? Are you able to comfortably discuss your company's strategy with your marketing team? METRO magazine online recently published a detailed roadmap to building a solid social media strategy, complete with the age and income data on users for all the major platforms and how each platform functions best. Learn the best ways to employ blogging, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. The article is a great intro for the social media marketing novice and a good reminder for your team's marketing professionals, too.

It's here: ELD enforcement started April 1
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance alerted commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement officials to begin full enforcement of the ELD regulation that began this past Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Passenger-carrying CMV drivers operating their vehicle without a required registered electronic logging device (ELD) or a grandfathered automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) will be placed out of service for eight hours.

Violations will be recorded on the inspection report and the driver may be cited (e.g., issued a violation ticket or a civil penalty) for failing to have a required electronic record of duty status. All ELD violations will be counted against a motor carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) score, which could result in selection for an investigation within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. FMCSA will determine the appropriate action against non-compliant motor carriers.

After eight hours out of service, the driver may continue to their final destination, provided the driver has accurately documented their hours-of-service requirements using a paper record of duty status (e.g., log book, daily log or log) and has a copy of the inspection report and/or citation.

UMA welcomes 27 new members in first quarter of 2018
The following companies joined the United Motorcoach Association during the first part of 2018. Please welcome the following new operators, associate members, and travel partners. When you are choosing a partner for business, remember to count on your fellow members!

A & A Limousine Service
Kenmore, WA

Dallas, TX

Best Tours & Travel
Fresno, CA

Enhance Transportation
Gilroy, CA

Midwest Motor Coach
Gurnee IL

Royal Charter and Tour Inc.
Cleveland, TN

Shuttle Express
Renton WA

Spriggs Motor Coaches
Dunkirk, MD

Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority
Steubenville, OH

Strack Ground, Inc.
Hawthorne, CA


Livingood's Restaurant & Brewery
Peru, NY

Richland, WA

Aussie Rimshine
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

BAE Systems
Endicott, NY

CaSurance Agency Insurance Services, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Curved Glass Distributors
Derby, CT

DIA Solutions INC
Oakville, ON

Edson Financial
Riverside, CA

Fresco Windows LLC
Altoona, IA

Duluth, GA

Lantal Textiles
Rural Hall, NC

ODYSSEY Battery by EnerSys
Reading, PA

Power Manufacturing
Elkhart, IN

Prestolite Electric
Arcade, NY

Prodrive Safety
Summerfield, FL

Thermo King Corporation
Minneapolis, MN

United States Warranty Corp.
Cleveland, OH
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Motorcoach Industry Calendar

10-11 Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Washington, DC, NoMa Union Station, Info: www.uma.org/capitol-hill/

1-2 Museum of Bus Transportation Spring Fling, AACA Museum, Hershey, PA https://www.aacamuseum.org/museum-bus-transportation-spring-fling-2/

5-6 Safety Management Seminar, NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA, Hotel TBA - save the date!
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