MARCH 6, 2018
EXCLUSIVE
UMA rolls out charter trip insurance product
After considerable work with UMA, USI Travel Insurance Services has designed a unique and exclusive members-only travel insurance program for charter bus operations, along with a more traditional travel insurance package for tour operators. 
 
The program not only provides a valuable product for a UMA member’s customers, it allows the member to highlight their company’s position as a unique travel professional in their community. Members will earn additional income from the product as well.

USI Travel Insurance Services is offering two plans to members: Comprehensive Travel Protection for Tours and the  UMA members-only exclusive  plan for charter bus customers, featuring coverage for high-limit emergency medical evacuations, baggage, and much more.
 
To learn more, contact Sharon Broo, CTA, at USI Travel Insurance Services,  Sharon.Broo@usi.com  or call 770.905.4065.

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez is on the job
The Trump Administration's pick to run the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Raymond P. Martinez, was sworn in March 1, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. He becomes the sixth Administrator of the FMCSA.

“Ray’s years of experience promoting traffic safety at the state level, as well as his knowledge of the commercial motor vehicle industry, will help FMCSA fulfill its critical mission of improving truck and bus safety,” said Secretary Chao.

“It's an honor and privilege to serve my fellow Americans in this capacity and, under Secretary Chao's leadership. I look forward to working with all commercial vehicle stakeholders to effectively reduce the number of truck and bus crashes on our nation’s roads,” Martinez said.
Go Motorcoach Offers Driver Recruitment Tools
Everyone needs more drivers, but what are you doing to show potential drivers that your company is the one they should choose to work for? The Motorcoach Marketing Council offers a package designed to give you the tools you need to recruit and attract drivers. From approaching trade schools to strategies for bringing in more qualified candidates, the Motorcoach Marketing Council has put together an arsenal of tools, at an affordable price, to give you the edge in finding new behind-the-wheel talent.

The Driver Recruitment package is professionally prepared for your company with graphically designed materials and digital products to help you achieve your talent acquisition goals. Add on products like banners and displays are available for an extra charge.

TECHNOLOGY
Laser technology enables driverless vehicles
to see around corners
A team of researchers have come up with a new laser-based system that efficiently produces images of objects that are hidden around a corner – a development they say could allow autonomous vehicles to see obstacles before they come into the line of sight.

“There is this preconceived notion that you can’t image objects that aren’t already directly visible to the camera – and we have found ways to get around these types of limiting situations,” said Dr Matthew O’Toole, a coauthor of the research from Stanford University.


People
Pastor Charles Morgan
The UMA membership mourns the loss this week of Pastor Charles Morgan of Morgan and Sons Week-End Tours. Those at the recent Motorcoach EXPO remember that Pastor Morgan delivered the lunchtime blessing in San Antonio. He was a visible and long-time leader in our industry and will be missed. Our condolences go out to his widow Wilnette Morgan, his family, and his many friends.

The funeral will take place Monday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s UMC, 1304 Merritt Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407. Hargett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Hargett Funeral Home is located at 905 E Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 and can be reached at (336) 273-8293.
Does your company need its own podcast?
Podcasts are a fun and informal way of connecting with your customer-base, but getting started can be a challenge. And does your company really need one? BusRates.com's Steve Valley thinks so! Recently, Steve, the General Manager of BusRates.com, sat down with the hosts of the "Through The Noise" podcast to discuss "Why You Need a Podcast." In addition to his role at BusRates.com, Steve is the host of UMA's Motorcoach Minute podcast featured in Bus & Motorcoach News. See if he can convince you to start your own podcast!

Motorcoach Industry Calendar

MARCH 2018

11-14 LCT West Show, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Info: https://www.lctshow.com/

12-13 Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Spring Association Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Awards, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, NJ  Info: www.gnjma.com 

APRIL 2018
10-11 Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Washington, DC, NoMa Union Station, Info: www.uma.org/capitol-hill/ Reserve your hotel room by March 20!
YOU ARE UMA
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!

Reach the UMA staff by calling (703) 838-2929 or by email at info@uma.org. We love to hear from our members!