June 5, 2018
What if your ELD provider goes out of business?

May 29, 2018 l by Brian Straight l FreightWaves.com l

As the motorcoach and trucking industries ramped up to the beginning of the ELD mandate back in December, operators were working diligently to choose the right type of electronic logging device. Now, with a couple of months of enforcement under their belts, operators face another challenge: providers who stop servicing existing devices.

Freigtwaves.com, in an article entitled "So my ELD provider just quit on me, now what do I do?" looks at the challenges that could lie ahead.

FMCSA Issues Guidance for Personal Conveyance
Washington, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued long-awaited guidance regarding drivers using a commercial motor vehicle (CMVs) for personal conveyance. The guidance clarifies what circumstances a commercial motor vehicle driver may operate a truck for personal conveyance.

The Agency emphasized the guidance does not prohibit a motor carrier from restricting a driver’s use of a CMV through limitations or prohibiting the use of a CMV for personal conveyance altogether.

Along with the guidance, the Agency is providing “Frequently Asked Questions” including examples involving motorcoaches.

To visit the website, click here .
Bylaws change approved by UMA membership
UMA members voted last month to amend the organization's bylaws to change coachbuilder representation on the UMA Board of Directors. The change allows greater representation of the Coachbuilder Members within the industry on the UMA Board of Directors without reapportioning the voting structure originally established for the association. These individuals will be considered  ex-officio  (non-voting) members of the Board and will appoint one individual to cast a vote on behalf of the entire group. This will also allow the highest-level sponsors of the association to be present at the association's business meetings and share insights they may have gathered through their multiple locations throughout the country. 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Roadcheck: June 5-7
Beginning today, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting “high-volume, high-visibility” inspections of large trucks and buses for the next 72 hours as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck annual enforcement initiative. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers will be checked at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along major roadways throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. Anticipate a focus on hours-of-service and electronic logging devices.

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2018 Spring Fling celebrates industry history
UMA's Ken Presley met up with the team from Prevost at the Museum of Bus in Hershey, PA.
Elizabeth Deffer was on hand to show off Infanti Upholstery's restoration of the interior of a 1945 Baran's Transit Lines Aerocoach.
ABC's sales team was out in full force supporting and celebrating our industry's rich history at this important annual event.
Bus and Motorcoach News columnist Dave Milhouser, right, and Ken Presley took a ride on a restored GMC Buffalo.
A rare 1951 ACF-Brill yellow school bus restored with contributions from the Krapf family was on display.
MCI's Randy Wilcox and Ken Presley in front of a 1970 MCI MC-7 restored by the Dan and Stan Holter family.
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Private sector involvement could help public transit
May 31, 2018  |  by Dave Milhouser | Bus & Motorcoach News   |  

A young driver was highballing across Chicago’s west side at the wheel of a semi when his trailer clobbered a low overpass. He was nearly in tears as he telephoned his company.

“We need that sucker fixed fast,” said his boss. “Don’t feel too bad, Chicago is famous for this sort of thing. The Fruehauf Trailer dealer is nearby. Get it repaired and get back on the road.”

A day later Fruehauf had worked its magic, and the anxious young driver rocketed out of the lot headed for the highway.

BAM! He nailed the same overpass from the other side.

Motorcoach Industry Calendar

JUNE 2018

JULY 2018





  • 5-6 UMA Safety Management Seminar, NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA, Hotel TBA - save the date! www.uma.org/safety



MARCH 2019
  • 12 GNJMA Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Emeril's Chophouse, Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, PA http://www.gnjma.com/
  • 12 GNJMA Spring Association Member Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Awards Luncheon, Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, PA http://www.gnjma.com/
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