Eighty members of the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) canvassed Capitol Hill last week to speak to their Congressional elected officials about issues affecting the motorcoach industry at UMA's annual Capitol Hill Days event.
In total, UMA operator members held an incredible 418 individual appointments at Congressional offices, having increased from 284 appointments at last year's event.
In their meetings, UMA members shared information about their own businesses and rallied for backing of three critical needs: opposition of FMCSA's proposal to raise the Federal financial responsibility limits, support of Rep. Barletta's proposal (H.R. 1371, "Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015") to remove CSA scores from public view until the data used to calculate the score can be improved, and support to preserve the current charter service rule.
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.
"Without a doubt, this was the best fly-in we've ever had," said Victor Parra, UMA president/CEO. "Our members rose to the challenge and came out to help explain to Congressional leaders, face-to-face, how these legislative and regulatory changes will affect their businesses and communities. We made some real progress here today and now we need our members - all members, not just those who came to DC today - to keep reaching out to their elected leaders to ask for their support. "
For more details on the key issues discussed, click here.