Happy President's Day!

Did you know that President's day used to be celebrated on Feb 22nd in honor of George Washington's birthday? According to  History.com, it was later moved to the third Monday of the month as part of the 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act.  Speaking of George, here is one of his quotes:

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses."

Member News

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Peter Shelbo 

Francine Schiffman 

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Don't Delay, Register Today!

The Spring Association Meeting and Motorcoach Professional Award's Luncheon is March 10th at Tropicana.  Nominations are now closed.

In addition to the awards, we will have association and industry updates, as well as Chuck Gallagher as our keynote speaker.  

The Mini-Marketplace takes place an hour before the meeting, and there will be plenty of network opportunities.  

Allied Supplier Members:  Don't forget to reserve your table...spots are almost all filled!  

For registration options, see our events page on the website.  

Thank you to Tropicana for hosting our Spring events!
Scholarship Application Deadline Ahead

The deadline to submit your  Scholarship Award Application  is March 1st.  Two scholarships (one each for Operator and Allied Members) will be presented at the October 15th Fall Association Luncheon.
New GNJMA Website Feature

Keep your information current with us!  Login to the GNJMA website and click on Member Profile in the top navigation.  Make your changes and click SAVE.  We will get an automatic email notifying us of your changes.    Please let us know if you have any questions or difficulty logging in.
Free Ticket Home For Runaway Kids

Every year, around 400 kids and teenagers who have run away get a free ride home with GNJMA Member, Greyhound, anywhere in the U.S. It's part of their Home Free program.  Get more information.
MCI Service Center Technician Wins Grammy

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) Coach Technician, and opera singer, Andrew Craig Brown received his first Grammy Award on January 26th.  Read more...   
Prevost Revolutionizes Motorcoach Driver Visibility with eMirrors

Prevost introduces the first electronic side mirror system in the North American motorcoach industry - eMirrors, revolutionizing driver visibility for added confidence and safety. With cameras and screens instead of traditional mirrors, eMirrors offer a significantly larger field of view eliminating side-by-side blind spots - in addition to dramatically improving visibility in nighttime, inclement weather conditions and challenging lighting.   Read more....
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) Announces Harriet Tubman Award

TAT (Truckers Against Trafficking) gives an annual award to a member of the trucking or bus industry who has made a direct impact on the recovery of a trafficking victim or in the prevention of trafficking. TAT is accepting nominations now through the end of April.  GNJMA Member, Lakefront Lines  received the award in 2019.  Please click here for more information.
NJ Coalition Build September 26, 2019 Report

The New Jersey Coalition Build held on September 26, 2019, was an excellent opportunity to reconnect with industry partners in New Jersey, such as the New Jersey Motor Transport Association and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, as well as connect with new industry associations and companies, such as the Association of Bi State Carriers and the Greater New Jersey Motor Coach Association.  Read the full report.
Industry News
FMCSA Extends Compliance Date for Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

FMCSA is amending its December 8, 2016, final rule, "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators" (ELDT final rule), by extending the compliance date for the rule from February 7, 2020, to February 7, 2022.  Read more...
Conducting Queries In The Clearinghouse

When hiring a commercial driver's license (CDL) driver, employers must now conduct a pre-employment query. This query checks to see if there is any violation information reported to the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse associated with that driver's CDL information.   Read more...
UMA Announces Leadership Transition

President and CEO Stacy Tetschner will leave the United Motorcoach Association on March 6, 2020, to become the President and CEO of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA). Joining UMA as Interim President and CEO is Larry Killingsworth, an industry veteran who has extensive success working with motorcoach operators and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada for more than 15 years.  Read more...
Landowners May Delegate Snow Removal Duties on Commercial Property to Tenants

The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its opinion in Shields v. Ramslee Motors and 608 Tonnelle Avenues, LLC, holding that an owner of a commercial property does not owe its tenant's invitees a duty to remove snow and ice from a driveway on that property when the commercial tenant maintained exclusive possession and control of the property.  Read more...
Will New Double-Parking Rules Fix Clogged Manhattan Streets?

Two changes to the New York City Charter will place higher restrictions on double-parking for delivery trucks in the coming month - something that the city Department of Transportation (DOT) hopes will ease traffic congestion in Manhattan.  Read more...
Vision Zero: New York City Council Passes on Dangerous Drivers Law

Thousands of drivers could soon be off New York City streets after the City Council passed a law Tuesday that was introduced after the deaths of two children.  It is the latest effort to make city roads safer for drivers and pedestrians as part of Vision Zero.  Read more...
GNJMA Upcoming Events
March 2020
March 9  Sponsor Appreciation Dinner, Chelsea Five Gastropub, Tropicana, AC
March 10 Mini-Marketplace, Tropicana, AC

October 2020
October 14 Golf Outing, Atlantic City Country Club
October 14 Meet and Mingle, TBD
October 15 Mini-Marketplace, Caesar's, AC

November 2020
November 19 Annual Driver Safety Meeting, Wind Creek, Bethlehem
 ICYMI:  Member Alerts

Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.   All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal  (Member Info/Documents/Member Alerts)  with logon credentials.   Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:

  • 2020 MPA Nominations
  • Scholarship Application Reminder 
  • 2020 Annual Driver Safety Meeting 
  • New Member Benefit: Bestpass
  • 2020 UCR Registration Period is Now Open 
Benefits of GNJMA Membership Update

Login to the GNJMA Member Portal and review your newest benefits!  Total Spend Management Savings from CrownSource, Credit Card Processing through PayAssist and VizyPay  and Toll Management with Bestpass.  Check out all the GNJMA benefits available to you.
Communication Updates

NEW Office Telephone Number!  Please note, we have a new office telephone number.  Please update your records accordingly.  The new number is 908-750-4538. 

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