AUGUST 13, 2019
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FMCSA says lease interchange rule revision estimated to save $8 million in regulatory costs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that revises the agency’s regulations governing the lease and interchange of commercial buses, which is estimated to save over $8 million in regulatory costs, without reducing safety.

FMCSA’s final rule includes the following provisions:

  • Revises the definition of lease to exclude carriers with FMCSA-issued operating authority that grant the use of their vehicles to each other;
  • Removes the May 27, 2015, final rule’s marking requirements and reinstates the previous vehicle marking requirements with slight modifications;
  • Revises the provision allowing a delay in the completion of a lease during certain emergencies; and
  • Removes the requirement that motor carriers chartered for a trip who lease a CMV from another carrier to provide the transportation must notify the tour operator or group of passengers about the lease and the lessor.
“We listened to bus industry stakeholders and narrowed the leasing regulations to focus on carriers that do not hold operating authority from the agency. This commonsense revision of the rules will reduce regulatory costs and maintain safety.”

⁠— Raymond P. Martinez
FMCSA Administrator
“We listened to bus industry stakeholders and narrowed the leasing regulations to focus on carriers that do not hold operating authority from the agency. This commonsense revision of the rules will reduce regulatory costs and maintain safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

There are nearly 8,400 passenger carriers in the United States and more than 547,000 passenger-carrying CMV trips occur annually. FMCSA estimates the adoption of this new rule will create $8.3 million in regulatory cost savings for the U.S. economy.
UMA will debut Mini Coach Pavilion
at Motorcoach EXPO in Nashville

A Mini Coach Pavilion will add more vehicle choices to the bustling exhibit hall floor at UMA's Motorcoach EXPO in Nashville, January 19-23. A recent survey of operators indicates that about 67 percent of operators use mini buses and/or executive coaches in their fleets and are interested in shopping for more in the coming year. The new pavilion will give bus and motorcoach industry professionals the opportunity to experience the most innovative designs featured in this vehicle class as they seek to modernize their fleets for the coming year.

“UMA Motorcoach EXPO is where private bus and motorcoach operators go to see and learn about the most innovative equipment each year as they prepare to upgrade, diversify and maintain their fleets,” according to Stacy Tetschner, President & CEO of the United Motorcoach Association. “Adding the Mini Coach Pavilion will empower operators to see even more vehicle options in one place. Mini buses and executive coaches allow operators to give the modern consumer flexibility in vehicle capacity and the latest onboard solutions for comfort, efficiency, and technology."
UMA taps United Bus Technology
as Tech Partner for
There's an exciting new chapter for the innovative lead generation tool that's been owned by UMA since 2004. The United Motorcoach Association has chosen UBT ( United Bus Technology) as the official technology partner for has long stood alone in the industry as a non-broker lead generation tool for charter bus operators in North America.

"We are proud of the history of under the leadership of UMA" said Stacy Tetschner, President and CEO of UMA. "We have worked hard to keep it true to its mission of providing high quality quote requests from real consumers to operators in good standing. We are proud that, together with UMA, BusRates has helped keep these valuable leads out of the hands of brokers. We also realize that with the changing times online and changing technologies that we needed a partner who was, at their very core, a technology company. We are excited that we found that with UBT."

Productivity: 6 habits of successful people
Century Business Solutions doesn't just provide excellent high-value credit card processing for motorcoach operators, they publish a blog of business tips for busy professionals.

Century Business Solutions | by Amelia Earl

Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and thought, “Where did all the time go?”

Since you’re reading this post, my guess is yes.

Don’t beat yourself up over it. For most of us, productivity is a learned behavior. The good news is, you’re taking the initiative to do just that. The 6 tenets of productivity listed below will help you tighten up your time management and get you up and running like a well-oiled machine.

#1 - Eliminate Guesswork

At the end of the day, make a list of what you want to accomplish the next day. Figuring this out beforehand will knock out groggy guesswork in the morning and improve the overall flow of your day.

16 social media updates for marketers in 2019
Social Media Background Concept with Speech Bubbles
There’ve been a lot of changes in social media this year and more are rolling out all the time. Here are some highlights to note, from the demise of Google+ to new apps like TikTok. Are you up to speed?

MarketringLand | August 5, 2019 | by Aleh Barysevich

Social media is a living organism. Things change all the time. They change in response to developers’ ideas, user requests, scandals, politics and the rise of social awareness. People behind social media networks never sleep. They test new features, algorithms, ads and designs. They are doing their best to keep you attached to your phone, even though one would assume it’s literally impossible to spend more time on social media than we do already.

For marketers, it’s vital to stay up-to-date with how social media develops. Every feature and every update might become crucial to us. Then again, it might not. A lot about social media is pointlessly hyped up and has no real significance. So, it’s also important to filter out the noise and stay aware of just the things that might affect your marketing campaigns, your paid and organic reach, and your choice of social network.

This is the post of such updates. We’re only half-way through 2019, but as you’ll see, there’s been enough changes to start reinventing your social media marketing strategy because more are rolling out all the time.

Why Uber's stock is tanking

Yahoo Finance | August 12, 2019 | by Brian Sozi

Uber’s stock ( UBER ) is (rightly) in full meltdown mode.

Shares of the ride-hailing and food delivery company tanked nearly 7% on Monday just a day after a 6.8% beating following a  disappointing second quarter earnings release . At $37.42, the stock is well below its  May 10 IPO price  of $45 and off its $41.57 closing price on its first day of trading.

The latest blood-letting in the stock looks to be in large part fueled by worries about Uber’s path to profitability. To be sure, Uber’s second quarter did nothing to alleviate those concerns — if anything it amplified them to a whole new level.

“The quarter was a gut punch to the bulls — Uber failed to give investors a path to profitability,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, who rates Uber stock at a Buy, said in a phone interview. “There is a lot of pressure on Dara [CEO Dara Khosrowshahi].”

Uber badly whiffed on analysts' top and bottom line estimates and reported a massive $5 billion loss. Misses were also notched in Uber’s closely watched gross bookings and adjusted revenue figures.

Ride-sharing and Uber Eats sales growth slowed relative to the year-to-date average in the second quarter.

Region I - September 10, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Region II - September 11, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Region III - September 12, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. ET
The FMCSA Portal & Its Importance to Your Business
The FMCSA Portal is going to become a vital tool for operators and regulators in the very near future and will increase in importance as it is used for more and more applications. Operators are invited to attend an online UMA Regional Town Hall meeting to discuss the portal, as well as regional issues, during three meetings this September.

The meetings will be hosted by members of the UMA Board and take place at the following times:
  • Region I - September 10, 2019 - 2 p.m. ET
  • Region II - September 11, 2019 - 2 p.m. ET
  • Region III - September 12, 2019 - 2 p.m. ET

To join the meeting, either go to the URL listed below or phone in using the number below. Then use the meeting code to join in! See you in September!

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
Send your maintenance pros to compete & learn
The Motorcoach EXPO is an exciting event for maintenance professionals to experience the latest technology on the show floor, compete against peers to test their knowledge and skills, and take part in an open forum to share solutions, challenges, and ideas!

UMA Maintenance Interchange
January 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UMA Maintenance Competition
sponsored by ABC Companies
January 21 | 10:00 a.m. until finished

How to Compete in the Maintenance Interchange & Competition:   Register  for EXPO and RSVP that you will be attending the maintenance interchange, then participate in the maintenance competition! The competition winner gets a trophy, cash prize and bragging rights!
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Canada's coming ELD requirement
will be painless for most operators
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Bus & Motorcoach News | August 6, 2019 | by Hal Mattern

Canada is joining the United States in requiring electronic logging devices on commercial motor vehicles, but the transition will be fairly painless for Canadian motorcoach operators.

That’s because more than half of the motorcoaches operating in Canada cross the border into the United States, and therefore already are equipped with ELDs to comply with a similar U.S. mandate that took effect in December 2017.

Doug Switzer, president and chief executive officer of Motor Coach Canada and the Ontario Motor Coach Association, called the mandate “kind of old news, as most Canadians go to the U.S. and have therefore already moved to ELDs. Once again the government is regulating something that the industry has already largely adopted.”

Hours-of-service violations dropping under ELD mandate

Bus & Motorcoach News | August 8, 2019 |

Hours-of-service violations are turning up in about half a percent of driver inspections under the electronic logging device mandate that took effect in December of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports.

Since the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance began hard enforcement of the mandate in April 2018, logging device violations, operating without an ELD or grandfathered Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), have been found in 30,082 of 3.6 million driver inspections.

HOS violations were found in .55 percent of inspections across the country in April, down from 1.19 percent in December 2017 and .69 percent in April 2018.

Discounts on premier
industry education

UMA members save hundreds of dollars when attending UMA Motorcoach EXPO, the Bus & Motorcoach Industry Sales Summit, and the upcoming Safety Management Seminar. For example, when members register at the Early Bird Rate for the UMA Motorcoach EXPO, you pay $399 per person while nonmembers pay $800 each. That's right, members get the best for less.

Member Rate: $315
Non-Member Rate: $495
Member Savings: $80
Member Rate: $325 Early Bird
Non-Member Rate: $625
Member Savings: $300

Member Rate: $399 Early Bird
Non-Member Rate: $800
Member Savings: $401
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
  • 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)
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