7/21/2020
MEMBER NEWS
Drivers, Employees of Distinction Award Honorees 
The Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA) recognized seven PBA members' employees as the recipients of the 2019 Drivers and Employees of Distinction Award. Read the full press release. Congrats to all!


Fullington Trailways CEO Meets with Congressional Delegation to Plead Motorcoach Industry's Case 
PBA Member, Fullington Trailways' CEO, Jonathan Berzas, met with Pennsylvania Congressional leaders Sen. Pat Toomey (R) and Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) to talk about the plight of the private motorcoach and school bus industry.  Read the press release.
PUC Order Withdrawing Rulemaking on Insurance Requirements 
This was a rulemaking proceeding at the Public Utility Commission.  PBA filed comments in response to the PUC's proposal to increase the motor carrier insurance requirements.  Fortunately, the PUC has ended the rulemaking process (for now).  View the order.
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Human Trafficking Coalition Build
Date TBD
Virtual

PBA 2021 Marketplace
March 23, 2021
York Expo Center
York, PA

PBA 2021 Annual Meeting
June 20-23, 2021
Wind Creek 
Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

PBA 2022 Marketplace
March 2022 (22 or 29th)
The Liberty Arena
Williamsport, PA

PBA 2022 Annual Meeting
June 2022
Happy Valley Adventure Bureau
State College, PA


Do You Have News?
We would love to hear from you.  Share your news via email to director@pabus.org .
Happy Valley Adventure Bureau Co-hosts Toomey and Keller for COVID-19 Relief, Economic Recovery Forum 
Toomey and U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, Pa.-12, visited the Centre County Visitor's Bureau on Wednesday for a forum hosted by PBA member, Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County to hear from local business and government leaders about issues they have faced and to talk about their views on what should be done next.  Read more...
PBA Travel Suppliers - Are You Open for Business? 
We sent travel supplier members two emails asking to complete a short survey form to let us know the status of being "open for business".  So far, 101 members have responded!  We are sharing this information so our operator members know who is open for trip planning.  We also asked for contact updates for our database.  Missed the memo?  Here's a link to complete the form.  Updated r esults are available to download and view . #letsgetrolling!
Reminder - Register for the GNJMA Marketplace 
GNJMA invited PBA to join their Marketplace October 15, 2020  at Caesars in Atlantic City.  Early bird 20% discount for travel suppliers ends 8/1.  Over 350 Group Leaders are already registered to attend.  This is a great opportunity to support tourism!
PBA Member Benefits 
Are you aware of all of the benefits of membership?  Visit the Member Benefits section of our website to review them all.   
COVID-19 UPDATES AND INDUSTRY NEWS
ACTION NEEDED!  CERTS Act Moves Forward With Introduction In The House
The relief bill targeted to help our industry (S. 4150) was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives of the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act by Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Albio Sires (D-N.J), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Don Young (R-Alaska). The CERTS Act is a companion bill to the identically named Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act of 2020 in the Senate, which was introduced in early July by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). 

Now that both the House and the Senate have the CERTS Act bills, it is imperative that you contact your Congressional delegation and tell them to support the CERTS Act in their respective chamber. While our national associations have provided easy templates to use, we ask our PBA members to send a PERSONAL note or make a call to tell your Senators and Representatives how this is impacting YOU.   If you need help finding their contact information, email us and we will help you. 

If you would prefer to use a quick link provided by UMA today, please click here to complete a letter and share this link:  https://p2a.co/u09EBwc
Pennsylvania Public Health Guidance Regarding COVID-19 for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (PDE) issued public health guidance to assist Pre-K to 12 schools in developing and implementing Health and Safety Plans for safely returning to in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more...
Pennsylvania Announces Coronavirus 'Hazard Pay' Program Of $3 An Hour For Front-Line Workers Making Less Than $20 An Hour 
Front-line workers who are at greater risk of catching the coronavirus at work are eligible for additional "hazard pay" of $3 an hour under a federally funded, $50 million program announced by Gov. Tom Wolf.    Read more...
Secretary Chao Recognizes Essential Role Of Private Bus and Motorcoach Companies
Click the image to watch Secretary Chao's laudatory statement about our industry's essential role.
White House Wants Stimulus by August Recess With $1 Trillion Cap 
The White House wants Congress to pass another stimulus package by the first week in August, before lawmakers head home for their annual summer recess, and to keep the cost at $1 trillion or less, according to Vice President Mike Pence's top aide. The House is scheduled to begin its recess by Aug. 3, with the Senate following a week later. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants Congress to complete work on the next phase of stimulus by then.  Read more...
FMCSA Updates
Will FMCSA Delay HOS Final Rule?
Will FMCSA delay the HOS Final Rule? They will if a group made up of safety advocates and trucking companies have their way. The group is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to delay revisions to the revised hours of service final rule.  Read more...
FMCSA Extends National Emergency Waiver 30 Days
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants the extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia as set forth below. This notice extends the exemption through August 14, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth in this Extension.    Read more...
FMCSA Eliminates No-Defect DVIR, Predicts $74 Million In Savings
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it has published a final rule rescinding the requirement that drivers of commercial buses submit - and motor carriers retain - driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any vehicle defects or deficiencies.  Read more...
U.S. Department of Transportation Provides $74 Million in Annual Cost Savings by Reducing Burdensome Rules on Commercial Buses 
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it has published a final rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by removing an information collection burden for commercial buses and other passenger-carrying motor coaches. This measure will strengthen the industry without adversely impacting safety on the nation's roadways.  Read more...
Have You Conducted Your Annual Queries Yet? 
Employers must conduct annual queries by January 5, 2021.   Per §382.701 , employers of CDL drivers must conduct a query of the Clearinghouse at least once per year for each CDL driver they employ.

The annual query requirement is tracked on a rolling 12-month basis. The one-year time frame resets with each query conducted on a driver. For example, if an employer conducted a query for Driver A on July 6, 2020, the employer is not required to query Driver A again until July 7, 2021, to meet the annual query requirement.

A limited query satisfies the annual query requirement. Employers must obtain a general consent from CDL drivers they employ before conducting limited queries in the Clearinghouse to view these drivers' information (you can download a sample limited query consent form).

You can log in to the Clearinghouse and conduct your annual queries today.
SBA & Treasury Announce Release of PPP Loan Data 
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This disclosure covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made.  Read more...
Funds Run Out For Federal Business Grant Program, SBA Says 
Federal grant funds have run out for small businesses, farms and nonprofits trying to survive the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.  The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Program has exhausted the $20 billion authorized by Congress, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced. As a result, the agency has stopped taking applications for Advance grants, which are up to $10,000 per applicant and do not have to be repaid.  Read more...
House Panel Approves Measure Requiring Masks on Public Transport 
The House Appropriations Committee approved a measure requiring passengers and workers on major public transportation to wear masks for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We know masks work. Since the Trump administration won't act, Congress must," said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), who chairs the appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The full committee approved the policy in an amendment sponsored by Price, which passed by voice vote. Read more... 
Proposal Shields Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits 
"No bill will pass the Senate without liability protection for everyone related to the coronavirus," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Nobody should have to face an epidemic of lawsuits on the heels of the pandemic that we already have related to the coronavirus."  Read more...
New York City's $70 Billion Tourism Industry On Hold Indefinitely 
With Broadway theaters dark, museums and stadiums closed, and no bars letting patrons in to take a break from sweaty sidewalks, New York City looks nothing like its usual self at the height of the summer tourist season. The city's signature features are closed for the foreseeable future, putting much of the economy on hold, and making how long it will be until tourists return a multibillion-dollar question.  Read more...
ICYMI- MEMBER ALERTS 
Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:
  • 2019 Drivers and Employees of Distinction Award Honorees 
  • CERTS ACT - Keep The Pressure On Your Senators!
  • Tax Day is July 15th!
  • Wolf Administration Announces Mitigation Efforts and FMCSA's final rule removing the DVIRs
FROM OUR PBA OFFICES
PBA'S MAILING ADDRESS
As a reminder, we moved our offices last July.  Please make sure your databases have been updated with our NEW address.  We are still getting mail forwarded to us, but that will expire in July.  
ITEMS FOR SALE OR WANTED
Trans-Bridge Lines, Wolf's Bus Lines, Fullington Trailways & 
Krapf Transportation  have coaches and other items for sale now! 
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The Motorcoach PAC allows the Pennsylvania Bus Association to support legislators who work with us to promote, change or defeat legislation that impacts our industry. Contributing to Motorcoach PAC gives us a stronger voice in Harrisburg. Please consider giving $200, $300 or more.

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