Member News

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Operator Member
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Silver Sponsor
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Platinum Sponsor
Jeremy Morrissey

Allied Member
Zena Weist
Nomination Deadlines

The nomination deadline for the  Motorcoach Professional Awards i s February 15th .  The awards will be presented at the March 10th Spring Association Luncheon.

The deadline to submit your  Scholarship Award Application  is March 15th.  Two scholarships (one each for Operator and Allied Members) will be presented at the October 15th Fall Association Luncheon.
Industry News
FMCSA New Jersey Contact Info Update

Please update your records for our New Jersey representative for FMCSA:

Christopher Rotondo. Division Administrator
FMCSA - New Jersey - USDOT / FMCSA
Five Independence Way - Room 250
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-275-4380
Fax: 609-275-5108
FMCSA Increases Random Drug Test Rate 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing.

According to a document published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27, the agency is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing from 25% of the average number of driver positions to 50% of the average number of driver positions. This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.   Read more...
NJ TRANSIT Making Inroads with Improvements

On the 9th floor of NJ TRANSIT's headquarters in Newark, Kevin Corbett, the agency's executive director, sees "the Super Bowl of Transportation" from his window: the North East Corridor rail line; Newark Liberty International Airport; Port Newark; the New Jersey Turnpike, and more. "This is the [transportation] backbone of the region's and nation's economy ... when you get it right," he says of the grand view.   Read more...
Despite 50 Years of Lobbying, Majority of Tour Buses Lack Seat Belts

The National Transportation Safety Board began pushing for seat and shoulder belts and structural improvements on tour buses in the 1960s to improve safety on vehicles that carry millions of passengers a year.   Read more...
Passenger Carrier Regulatory Reform Legislation Introduced 

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry introduces landmark bill, Buses United for Safety, Regulatory Reform, and Enhanced Growth for the 21st Century Act (HR 5462), known as BUSREGS, to reform runaway legislation and create economic opportunities for passenger carriers.    Read more...
NPS Not Implementing 2020 Charter & Tour Fees

The National Park Service has dropped plans to impose controversial admission fees and new commercial use authorization regulations for 2020.

While awaiting formal confirmation, a coalition of travel organizations has been apprised that David Vela, deputy director exercising the authority of director for the National Park Service, has stated the new commercial use authorization (CUA) requirements planned for 2020 will not be implemented.   Read more...
Legislation Passed to Increase Limousine Safety

The NY state Senate Transportation Committee approved a package of bills intended to increase limousine safety in the wake of the 2018 Schoharie limo crash that killed 20 people, including one that allows the state to impound unsafe vehicles.   Read more...
PA 60-Day Pre-Enforcement Period Started

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that the required 60-day pre-enforcement period for the statewide Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program has begun and will last until March 4, 2020. Pennsylvania's AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits using electronic speed timing devices.   Read more...
Casinos & Buses Combating Human Trafficking

Modern-day slavery - or human trafficking - is a global problem in which people are illegally bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Victims of trafficking may be found in various legitimate businesses, as traffickers exploit those businesses for their personal gain. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces, including in and connected to casinos and buses.   Read more...
Alexa, "Where's My Bus?"

Public Transit Users Can Now ask Amazon's Alexa, "Where's My Bus?".  Voice personalization is now a feature on Amazon Alexa for public transit riders. Sean Barbeau, PhD, research faculty in the USF College of Engineering's Center for Urban Transportation Research utilized a new personalization feature for Alexa to upgrade the OneBusAway skill.   Read more...
California's Meal and Rest Break Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Acting Administrator Jim Mullen announced that FMCSA has granted ABA's petition stating that California's Meal and Rest Break rules are preempted under 49 U.S.C. 31141 as applied to passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to FMCSA's hours of service regulations.   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
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Communication Updates

2020 Membership Directories are being mailed this week to all members.  

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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