MARCH 13, 2018
Deadline for directory updates extended
The UMA Membership Directory is coming out this spring and we want the most up-to-date information included, from your important contacts to services you provide! The deadline for updates has been extended to Friday, March 16. Click the video link to learn how your company's primary contact can manage your account using their password and log-in. This is also your gateway to members-only information on the site, like access to exclusive programs, services, and video resources.

If you need help, contact the UMA staff at (703) 838-2929 or email
TSA issues alert to surface transportation stakeholders

The Transportation Security Administration has issued a security awareness message for all entities involved in surface transportation. The purpose of the message is to encourage a heightened sense of security awareness within the surface modes of transportation, not in response to a specific threat. Please download the document at the link below and share with your team leaders.

Why employees lose motivation, and what you can do about it
Business leaders know it's hard to maintain their own motivation at times, let alone that of others. However, it's critical to an organization to keep the team on task and focused. But how to do it?

A recent article in The Harvard Business Review takes on the challenge, suggesting a three-pronged approach focused on exploring, experimenting and learning, along with examples of ways to ensure your organization can allow employees to succeed.

Help UMA by taking a quick survey
As we inch closer to the April 1 ELD enforcement date, UMA needs a snapshot of your experience in implementing the ELD rule. UMA is asking members to complete a short, online survey. The survey also includes a few questions regarding pre-trip announcements.

Both surveys will assist UMA leadership develop policies and talking points with regulators and legislators going forward. To begin the short survey, click here .
Sign up! Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In is April 10-11
Are you coming to our nation's capital to spend a day advocating for our industry, for your business, and for the jobs and services you bring to your local community? Join us for the first joint Motorcoach Industry Fly In, April 10-11. Hotel reservations must be made ASAP. Go to to sign up and get hotel information to book your room. We need your voice!

See why VW's autonomous 'Cool Bus' is too cool for school
VW recently showed off its concept of where autonomous vehicles are headed, debuting a multi-passenger transport vehicle they believe could be the shape of future school transportation.

The SEDRIC Cool Bus concept vehicle is done up in scholastic yellow, with a large OLED screen inside for entertaining school-age passengers, and bench storage for holding book bags and more.
The pod on wheels design will seat four, which is far less than a current school bus, but a fleet of these could work to replace parent-driven carpools and other more limited-passenger arrangements people use to get kids to and from school.

Get Bus & Motorcoach News on your own schedule

Everyone on your team should be reading Bus & Motorcoach News, the flagship publication of our industry! Every member company receives a copy of BMN in the mail and every employee is entitled to receive it via email, too. Recipients can choose how often to receive it when they click on the subscription link. Don't miss out on The Docket, industry news, UMA Association happenings and more!

Motorcoach Industry Calendar

MARCH 2018
12-13 Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Spring Association Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Awards, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, NJ  Info: 

APRIL 2018
10-11 Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Washington, DC, NoMa Union Station, Info: Reserve your hotel room by March 20!
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 We love to hear from our members!