Bus

UMA members have winning day on Capitol Hill

Posted on July 10, 2014

Members of the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) took to Capitol Hill recently to speak to their Congressional elected officials to discuss key MAP-21 issues affecting the Motorcoach industry at UMA’s annual event, Capitol Hill Days.

In total, UMA operator members held 284 individual appointments at Congressional offices, having increased from 210 appointments at last year’s event.

RELATED: UMA Expo 2014: Partnerships, Upgraded Vehicles Make Impact

In their meetings, UMA members shared information about their own businesses and presented key message points vital to motorcoach operators. Message points included federal minimum financial responsibility limits; preservation of charter bus protections; return to zero federal fuel tax for over-the-road buses; increased opportunities for contracting with local transit agencies; and a host of regulatory reforms that include due process for Imminent Hazard and Out-of-Service orders, and prohibition on third-party inspection requirements, local entity requirements for registrations of charter bus operators and en route inspections.

Meetings were professionally arranged specifically for the individual UMA members by Prime Policy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based global public policy and government affairs firm.

“Wow, to say our day was a success is an understatement,” said Victor Parra, UMA president/CEO. “The feedback we’ve heard from our members on their meetings tell us they had a great experience and that this is exactly what we needed to make an impression on our regulators. This day may not provide the instant gratification we have all become accustomed to in this day and age, but I can promise you, the messages our members shared all over the Hill today will have a positive impact as we move closer to the reauthorization of the highway safety bill.”

The day of meetings concluded with a reception for UMA members and Congressional Members and staff. Representative John Mica (FL-R) attended and was awarded with the inaugural “Motorcoach Champion Award” for his unfailing support for the private bus and motorcoach industry.

“Our members were incredible today,” said Ken Presley, UMA’s vice president of industry relations and COO. “It can be daunting to walk into a Representative or Senator’s office and ask for their support on our issues, but they rose up to the challenge and made a difference.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

San Francisco introduces interactive, online performance dashboards

The site contains results from 13 key areas, including the percentage of on-time performance, mode share, crime stats, the agency’s carbon footprint, collision data and other information aligned with the SFMTA’s strategic plan.

ABC founder, industry icon Clancy Cornell passes

The founder of ABC Companies, Clancy grew a small transport service — Faribault Bus Service — into an industry force leaving an indelible list of accomplishments and memories in his path.

Chicago to buy 125 new buses per Mayor's 'modernization' plan

The new bus order is part of a contract CTA awarded to Nova Bus in January 2013. The new buses will replace the oldest vehicles in the fleet – the Nova 6400-series buses, which were purchased between 2000-2002.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close