April 17, 2018
Advocates Promote Joint Motorcoach Industry Priorities
UMA Chair Gladys Gillis welcomed leaders of the motorcoach industry representing both our organization and ABA, for a joint advocacy event in the nation's capital last week. More than 100 volunteers participated in the overnight event that included a comprehensive legislative briefing followed by more than 600 individual appointments with legislators the following day.

In addition to UMA and ABA, the Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In included the Asian American Motorcoach Association, the International Motorcoach Group, the National Association of Motorcoach Operators, and Trailways Charter Bus Network, as well as leadership from every state and regional association in the motorcoach industry. The agenda was focused on common sense regulatory reform and support for preserving the partial fuel tax exemption for motorooaches.

UMA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner and ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso released the following joint statement following the event:

“We would like to thank the 116 members of our organizations that met with more than 150 Congressional offices to discuss the priorities and issues facing the motorcoach industry today. By bringing together the leadership, energy and strength of our organizations, we delivered a powerful message to our leaders in Congress.”

National Park Service announces new fees
As part of an effort to address aging park infrastructure and to improve the visitor experience, the  National Park Service  (NPS) announced changes to entrance fees at national parks. Most seven-day vehicle passes to enter national parks will be increased by $5, to be implemented in many parks beginning June 1, 2018. More than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter.

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Proposal to endorse younger interstate drivers introduced
April 15, 2018 | by Bus & Motorcoach News  | 

WASHINGTON – Two Republican congressmen have introduced legislation that would allow people between the ages of 18 and 21 to drive commercial motor vehicles across state lines. Current federal law does not permit 18- to 21-year-olds to drive commercial vehicles for interstate commerce. They can only drive within state borders.

Under the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy, or DRIVE-Safe Act, young drivers would have to complete a two-step internship once they obtain a commercial driver’s license.

Coach Quarters hits the campaign trail
April 8, 2018 l by Debbie Curtis l Bus & Motorcoach News

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mike Middaugh is a big political supporter. No, he doesn’t manage political campaigns or raise large sums for candidates. But he does keep them moving forward.

Middaugh, President and CEO of Coach Quarters, is helping politicians get to their appointed rounds on the campaign trail in his company’s “executive day coaches.” “We have a lot of political candidates who need buses,” he said. “The candidate often flies, and we’re trying to keep up with where the plane is going to land.”

TSA resources online for Homeland bus security
The TSA plans to update its vehicle ramming attack guidance next monthy. In the meantime, the following programs are being offered for motorcoach operators at no cost on the TSA website:
Anderson Coach honored by Pennsylvania legislators
Last month Pennsylvania state Rep. Parke Wentling was joined by former state Senators Bob Robbins and Roy W. Wilt to honor Anderson Coach & Travel for 80 years of outstanding service to the community.

The citation reads, in part:

“Since its inception, the business has maintained a tradition of excellence, remaining responsive to the ever-changing needs and interests of the community it serves. Its steady progress is a tribute to key leaders and dedicated employees who have carried it to its present heights and built a foundation for a bright future.”

“We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Legislature. Having it presented by three men who’ve committed their lives to serving the public made it extra special,” said Anderson Coach President Doug Anderson.
Motorcoach Industry Calendar

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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