April 10, 2018
More than 100 industry leaders push unified agenda
Today the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the American Bus Association (ABA) brought together 116 industry leaders for a joint Bus and Motorcoach Industry Fly In on Capitol Hill. Following a legislative briefing today (right), the participants will head to Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with legislators in pursuit of support for regulatory reforms and preservation the the partial fuel tax exemption for motorcoaches.

Also joining the united effort are 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. And one of the bus drivers for the Fly In was recently named a driver of the year by Trailways Charter Bus Network, Bill Backus of First Priority Trailways. See story below for information about all the winners!

FMCSA admin goes where the rubber meets the road
UMA's Stacy Tetschner joined FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez during a CVSA Level 1 Inspection in the nation's capital on April 5, along with Lt. Ronald Wilkins of DC Metropolitan PD and Joseph Shea, FMCSA's Division Administrator for DC. 
Asian American Motorcoach Association Gets Moving
The Asian American Motorcoach Association held its inaugural meeting this week in Washington, DC and members participated in the Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In, too.
The never-ending self-driving car project
concept of a self-driving modern car 3d illustration
WIRED l by Aarian Marshall l April 8, 2018

Are we there yet? With respect to any large scale implementation of autonomous vehicles, the answer seems to be "not exactly." Seems like half the technology news in transportation revolves around autonomous vehicles. WIRED takes on the myths and reallity surrounding the promise of self-driving vehicles and calls into question just how soon we can truly expect to see driverless vehicles take off.

CVSA Sets Operation Safe Driver Week Set for July 15-21
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) announced yesterday that Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018. Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities. The organization has set zero deaths on roadways as their goal.

Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. Behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, are the reasons for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.

Established in 2007, Operation Safe Driver is a program developed by CVSA in partnership with FMCSA, state, provincial and local law enforcement aimed at reducing deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and cars due to unsafe driver behaviors.
Trailways recognizes five outstanding drivers of the year
Trailways has announced that five bus and coach drivers from three states have received its highest honor: Driver of the Year (2017). The names were unveiled February 28 th , 2018 at the Trailways annual owners’ meeting in Florida. The awardees were from Alabama, Maryland and New York.  

“Normally, Trailways has one or two awardees, but five drivers were nominated for 2017, showing the pride and gratitude of their company leaders. All serve as great role models,” Trailways chairman, Jonathan Berzas (Fullington Trailways) said. 

Trailways five drivers of the year for 2017 are:

  • Bill Backus, First Priority Trailways of Maryland
  • Tomas Caminero, Adirondack Trailways of New York
  • Ed Horn, Pine Hill Trailways of New York
  • Doug Buffone, New York Trailways in Rochester, NY
  • Rick Calloway, Capital and Colonial Trailways of Montgomery Alabama
Far left and far right, representatives from the award sponsor company, Lancer Insurance, Robert (Bob) Crescenzo and Randy O’Neill. Front row, from left, 2017 Trailways Outstanding Driver of the Year Award recipients: Danny Bishop with Harlows Trailways, ND*; Bill Backus with First Priority Trailways of Maryland; Tomas Caminero with Adirondack Trailways of New York; Ed Horn with Pine Hill Trailways of New York; Douglas Buffone with New York Trailways and Ricky Calloway with Capital and Colonial Trailways of Alabama. Back row, nominations submitted by owner-operators, Marcia Milton with First Priority Trailways, Md; Eugene (Gene) Berardi with Adirondack/Pine Hill/New York Trailways, NY, and Mike Hazard and Tom Fletcher with Capitol-Colonial Trailways, Ala.
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/

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