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California bill has Uber and Lyft running scared | by Justin Sullivan | August 30, 2019

Ride-hail companies desperate to stop a proposed California law that would force them to treat workers as employees are suddenly offering to boost driver pay and benefits. And they’ve pledged $60 million to fund a state ballot measure aimed at keeping drivers from being classified as employees.

Uber  and  Lyft  said on Wednesday that they’re willing to pay California drivers a minimum of “approximately” $21 per hour, including some expenses, though that pay rate would only apply while the drivers are on a trip. (More on that later.) They say they would provide drivers access to “robust new benefits,” like paid time off, sick leave, and a form of workers’ compensation. The companies also said they would “empower” drivers to “have a collective voice” and to “influence decisions about their work.” The proposal did not, notably, include the word “union."

On Thursday, the companies  announced  that they had amassed a $60 million war chest to fund a 2020 state ballot measure. The measure would create an alternative classification for drivers, and it would provide some worker protections and a guaranteed minimum pay rate—but would not consider them employees. The delivery company DoorDash  also contributed $30 million  to the effort.
Early birds get the savings on EXPO
Register by Sept. 27 to save $200

September has arrived and that means bus and motorcoach operators have only a few weeks remaining to register for UMA Motorcoach EXPO at the Early Bird Rate. Operator members save $200 off the cost of onsite registration when you sign up by September 27. Secure your place among your best bus buddies to see the latest vehicles, products and services; learn about the latest trends and best practices; and have a great time!

Go to to see the lineup of education sessions, nominate colleagues for awards, preview the schedule, and REGISTER!
How to use video in your email marketing
Entrepreneur | by Syed Balkhi | July 17, 2019

Millions of people around the world are watching YouTube every day. Wouldn’t it be awesome if your emails had that kind of engagement? Well, they can. By simply adding video into your email marketing, you can turn those boring messages of yours into entertaining experiences for subscribers. Proof?  MarTech Advisor  says that adding videos to your email content can boost click rates up to 300 percent. 

Still. be forewarned: If you want to use video in your email marketing, there’s a right way (versus a wrong way) to do it. By following the best practices for using video in your email campaigns I've described below, you’ll likely see better engagement, which of course can lead to more traffic to your website and increased conversions. 
Here’s how to use video in your email marketing. 

Add “video” to your email subject lines
Imagine spending time creating an awesome video for your email marketing campaign, only to find out that your email messages aren’t even getting opened. What a waste of effort! If you want your email subscribers to watch the videos in your emails, you first need to let them know  they’re there by adding the word “video” to your email subject lines. 
Listening session on Hours-of-Service
Washington, DC - If made final, a proposed rule would allow passenger carrier drivers a bit more flexibility in complying with hours-of-service requirements. The administration wants to hear from our industry. They already held one listening session (August 23 in Dallas, TX) and plan a second to take place this month in Washington, DC.

Although largely targeted at interstate trucking, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that has  two provisions that directly benefit the passenger carrier industry:

  • Extend the distance short-haul drivers (who are not required to keep logbooks) from 100 air miles to 150 air miles and allow short-haul drivers to be on duty for 14 hours rather than just 12; and,
  • Extend the adverse driving conditions exception by up to two hours.

The combination of an administration willing to listen, with the precision and accountability of the electronic logging device, likely make these deviations possible.

There is one more listening session scheduled:
September 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET (meeting could end early if all views are heard)
US Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590

Click  here  to review and make comments. Nearly 5,400 comments have been received so far.
Changes to Hours of Service   will be a hot topic at the   Safety Management Seminar  powered by UMA, Dec. 4-5, in Ashburn, VA. Motorcoach professionals will gather with regulators from key agencies for updates and insights on regulatory developments, and professional development for motorcoach compliance, operations, and risk management professionals.
Get ready for Brake Safety Week: Sept. 15-21
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-21. Throughout that week, enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles without critical vehicle inspection item violations are eligible to receive a CVSA decal indicating that the vehicle passed inspection.

During this year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing. While checking these brake system components is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA is highlighting brake hoses/tubing as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.

Routine brake system inspections and component replacement are vital to the safety of commercial motor vehicles. The brake systems on commercial motor vehicles are comprised of components that work together to slow and stop the vehicle and brake hoses/tubing are essential for the proper operation of those systems. Brake hoses/tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible. Brake hoses/tubing are an important part of the braking system so when they do fail, they can cause problems for the rest of the braking system.
Join fellow operators online to learn
about the FMCSA Portal & Your Business
Coming up next week! Mark your calendar. UMA Board members from each region will guide discussion about regional issues and the main topic, the FMCSA Portal and Your Business. Please mark your calendar for one of the following meetings and log in or call in to join us! Get more information online at
Meeting Code: 366-513-9797
Phone in to: US: 1 669 900 6833 or 1 646 876 9923
Use the Meeting ID: 366 513 9797
September 10 at 2 p.m. ET
Hosted by Dennis Streif
September 11 at 2 p.m. ET
Hosted by David Moody
September 12 at 2 p.m. ET
Hosted by Marcia Milton
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DOT permanently bans drivers
convicted of trafficking

Bus & Motorcoach News | September 3, 2019

Drivers convicted of human trafficking will be permanently banned from operating commercial motor vehicles under a final rule announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The ban would apply to the operation of any vehicle for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required. The rule was announced in July following submission of a final report and recommendations from the DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security identified more than 500 victims of human trafficking. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that one of every seven runaways were likely victims of child sex trafficking.


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Motorcoach Industry Calendar

  • 10 UMA Region I Town Hall Meeting - 2:00 p.m. - Join the Meeting
  • 11 UMA Region II Town Hall Meeting - 2:00 p.m. - Join the Meeting
  • 11 Maryland Motorcoach Association Annual Crab Feast, Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House. Stevensville, MD
  • 12 UMA Region III Town Hall Meeting - 2:00 p.m. - Join the Meeting
  • 15-21 CVSA Brake Safety Week
  • 18-22 Regional Meeting of NCMA, VMA, and MCASC, Embassy/Marriott/Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC Learn More

  • 9-10 GNJMA Fall Annual Meeting & Related Events including Group Leader Marketplace, Resorts Atlantic City
  • 13 -15 California Bus Association’s 46th Annual Convention and Trade Show, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa
  • 20-22 Bus Association of New York (BANY) Annual Meeting and Marketplace, Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA –
  • October 21-23, 201920th Annual North West Motorcoach Association ROADEO Location TBD




MARCH 2020
  • 25- 27 California Bus Association’s 47th Annual Convention and Trade Show, Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs)
Remember, as a UMA member you have the power of discounts on the best products and services, access to relevant education, targeted professional resources, and colleagues all over the map. Remember to consult your member directory when you need help on the road, access to more vehicles to meet demand, or services out of your area. We are UMA! Want to find other members to do business with? Use the online directory.

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