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premier event starts Sunday
Walk through history on Hank Junior's 1987 Eagle bus
Hello bus lovers! UMA attendees will have the unique opportunity to walk through a piece of country music history that is a big part of our industry's history as well! "Junior," the 1987 Eagle that was the tour bus for Hank Williams, Jr. will be on the EXPO show floor and open to visitors! You can even take this classic home with you because it's for sale right now, through www.busforsale.com .

Junior is currently owned by a local sightseeing company and no interior changes have been made to the bus since it belonged to Hank Jr. All the murals were custom made for Hank Jr. Visit Junior on the show floor next week!
PREEMPTED:  California's meal & rest break rules for drivers of passenger-carrying CMVs
by Ken Presley

Washington, DC - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA) released their determination regarding California’s Meal and Rest Break (MRB) as it pertains to passenger carrier drivers. FMCSA, in its preemption decision, concluded that, "...California may no longer enforce the MRB rules with respect to drivers of passenger-carrying CMVs subject to FMCSA’s HOS (hours of service) rules.

California’s Meal and Rest Break law requires drivers be provided a 30-minute uninterrupted, duty-free meal break when working more than 5 hours in a workday. Additionally, drivers must be provided a 10-minute uninterrupted, duty-free rest break for every 4 hours worked.

US commits to leadership in future of autonomy
Transportation Secretary outlines the federal government’s plan to unify automated vehicle efforts across various departments, agencies, commissions and the White House to provide high-level guidance to local governments and innovators.

FleetOwner.com | Jan 13, 2020 | By Josh Fisher

LAS VEGAS --The federal government is “all in for safer, better and more inclusive transportation aided by automated driving systems,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said during her Consumer Electronics Show 2020 keynote address here, in which she announced the latest national initiative on automated vehicle technology.

Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0  (AV 4.0), a joint report by the DOT and National Science & Technology Council, was released by the White House during CES 2020. AV 4.0 aims to unify automated vehicle efforts across 38 federal departments, independent agencies, commissions, and executive offices of the President, providing high-level guidance to state and local governments, innovators, and all stakeholders on the U.S. government’s approach towards AVs.

Are you meeting (and setting) customers' expectations?
To succeed, the value of what you offer must be greater than what people expect

Entrepreneur.com | January 14, 2020 |by Jason Feifer

My family and I went out for brunch recently in Miami. We ordered about $60 worth of food, and when the waiter asked what I’d like to drink, I said what I always do: “Just water, please.”

“We charge 50 cents for water because we filter it five times,” the waiter said. That’s ridiculous, I replied. The waiter agreed -- in fact, he said, he’d been trying to talk the  restaurant’s  owner out of this policy for a while now. But the owner wouldn’t budge because he’d invested in some fancy filtration system.

I was irritated, but I wasn’t going to buy a costlier drink simply to avoid the small fee. “Fine,” I said. “I’ll take the water.” When the check came, the waiter didn’t charge me the 50 cents after all. It was his small act of rebellion, and I showed appreciation in my tip.

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  • 15 Maryland Motorcoach Association Legislative Reception, Gov. Calvert House
  • 19-23 UMA Motorcoach EXPO, Nashville, TN www.motorcoachexpo.com
  • 21 National Association of Motorcoach Operators Semi Annual Members Meeting, Nashville, TN (During UMA Motorcoach EXPO)
  • 27-29 Tennessee Motorcoach Association Convention and Marketplace, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Florence, AL https://tnmca.net/


MARCH 2020

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


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