July 16, 2015
NTSB calls for safety improvements in wake of tour bus crash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal safety officials on Tuesday urged commercial buses to have more clearly labeled emergency exits and safety briefings similar to those on planes after their investigation of a deadly collision in California in which a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus full of students. [More]
June 6, 2015
Congress heard you!
Ken Presley sent you a plea to contact your Members of Congress to stop an amendment. If passed, the amendment would have removed a provision in legislation that would block FMCSA from raising the insurance limits. [More]
Febraury 3, 2015
MEMBER BULLETIN: Time's a-wastin'
We have 75 brand-new members of Congress who don?t have any idea how important your business is to fill the transportation needs of this country.
December 18, 2014
MEMBER BULLETIN: Tax Extenders Benefitting Motorcoach Companies Passes Senate
UMA supported passage of the bill, which will retroactively extend a package of expired tax breaks for 2014. Of particular interest to motorcoach companies, it extends bonus depreciation of business assets and the election to accelerate the alternative minimum tax (AMT) credit in lieu of bonus depreciation for 2014 purchases. [More]
January 31, 2014
2014 UMA Motorcoach EXPO to Feature More Than 180 Exhibitors
ALEXANDRIA, VA, January 31, 2014—The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is pleased to announce that its annual Motorcoach EXPO taking place at Travel Exchange Feb. 16 – 20 in Los Angeles will feature 189 exhibiting companies. This is the highest number of exhibiting companies in the EXPO’s 30 year history.[more]
September 24, 2013
UMA Commends House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 23, 2013—The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) commends the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for quickly and unanimously reporting legislation requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to adhere to the formal rulemaking process if it pursues new regulations to address obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
September 19, 2013
UMA Announces Program for 10th Annual Safety Management Seminar
ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 19, 2013—The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is pleased to announce its preliminary program and schedule for its 10th annual Safety Management Seminar to be held December 4-5, 2013 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on December 4th and from 8:00 a.m. – noon on December 5th.
May 6, 2013
UMA Commends President’s Commitment to Tourism
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 3, 2013-The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) has expressed its support of President Obama’s nomination of Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker as his new Commerce secretary.
August 1, 2012
Congress Passes MAP-21 Bill
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 29, 2012-Over 1,000 days has elapsed since the last Surface Transportation Bill expired. Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives and late this afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed MAP - 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). The President is expected to sign the landmark legislation into law.
March 30, 2012
UMA Announces Schedule for 2013 Travel Exchange
ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 30, 2012—The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and NTA have released the tentative schedule for their joint 2013 event in Orlando, Fla., Travel Exchange—the combination of UMA Motorcoach EXPO and NTA annual Convention.
March 27, 2012
Victor Parra Testifies on Rising Gas Prices and Tourism
UMA President & CEO, Victor Parra, has testified today before the Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing on “Harnessing American Resources to Create Jobs and Address Rising Gasoline Prices: Family Vacations and U.S. Tourism Industry.” He testified on behalf of UMA and NTA to give their perspectives on bus and motorcoach tourism, and how the current state of fuel costs is impacting group travel…
March 22, 2012
Victor Parra Testifies on Behalf of UMA Members
“On behalf of UMA, it is my goal to provide the Committee our perspectives on the bus and motorcoach safety provisions included in the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (HR 7) as reported from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and those of S. 1813, as passed by the Senate last week,” stated Mr. Parra at the beginning of his testimony…
August 24, 2011
UMA, NTA Make Progress Toward 2013 Event
ALEXANDRIA, VA; LEXINGTON, KY, Aug. 24, 2011—Members of the NTA/UMA 2013 Task Force met in Providence, R.I. on July 31 to work through details of their 2013 integrated event....
June 10, 2011
Victor Parra to Testify on Behalf of UMA Members
United Motorcoach Association (UMA) President & CEO, Victor Parra, will testify Monday, June 13, before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on behalf of the association’s members....
April 13th - 14th, 2010 UMA's Capitol Hill Fly-In All UMA members are invited to participate in UMA's Capitol Hill Fly-In on April 13th - 14th, 2010. This is your opportunity to come to Washington, DC
to interact with your Congressional delegations and important agency officials and make sure your voice is heard during this day and half event...
March 4, 2010 UMA Motorcoach Expo 2010 Thrives in Las Vegas The UMA Motorcoach Expo 2010 held true to its theme and showed that it was thriving in a new economy at its event held February 23-27 in Las Vegas.
191 exhibiting companies displayed a wide spectrum of goods for the motorcoach industry—from coach builders and equipment suppliers to service providers
and accessory suppliers to destinations and attractions...
November 04, 2009 UMA AND NTA TO CO-LOCATE IN 2013 The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the National Tour Association (NTA) have announced their plan to co-locate their two annual business events—the NTA Convention and the UMA Motorcoach Expo. NTA and UMA will introduce the first collaborative event in the first quarter of 2013...[more]
August 28, 2009 Sex Offenders Need Not Apply in North Carolina Under a Bill passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Beverly E. Perdue earlier this week, North Carolina will no longer allow commercial drivers who are required to register as a sex offender to possess a “passenger” or “school bus” endorsement. “UMA congratulates the North Carolina Motorcoach Association for ...[more]
June 15, 2009 UMA Supports Nomination of Hersman for NTSB Chair The United Motorcoach Association is pleased to give President Obama’s nomination of Deborah Hersman to National Transportation Safety Board Chair its full support and endorsement. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating aviation, railroad, highway and marine accidents, as well as issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future...[more]
June 10, 2009 UMA Endorses Obama Nomination for FMCSA Top Position The United Motorcoach Association is proud to give its full support and endorsement of President Obama’s nomination of Anne Ferro to the position of Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As a separate administration in the US Department of Transportation, the FMCSA serves as the chief regulator for commercial vehicle safety ...[more]
January 29, 2009 UMA and NTA Announce Intention to Co-locate Annual Conventions and Trade Shows The United Motorcoach Association (UMA), the leading association representing the bus and motorcoach industry, and the National Tour Association, the primary trade association of tourism professionals from the packaged travel industry, have announced a cooperative effort to explore co-locating their two annual conferences – UMA Motorcoach Expo and the NTA Annual Convention – a move to strengthen the industry and refocus the industry’s event...[more]
November 25, 2008 UMA Discusses Priorities With Incoming Administration The United Motorcoach Association met with representatives from President-Elect Obama’s transition team yesterday to assist the new administration in establishing priorities for the passenger transportation industry. Represented by Victor S. Parra, President and CEO; Ken Presley, Vice President of Industry Relations; and Becky Webber, Lobbyist, UMA took this opportunity to discuss with the Department of Transportation transition team...[more]
November 10, 2008 2009 Intercity Bus Security Grants Announcement The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the availability of nearly $12 million in security grants for over-the-road bus operators. Both fixed route- intercity bus and charter bus service operators may apply for funds through this competitive grants process. The maximum Federal share of any successfully awarded project is 75%. Grantees will be required to provide non-Federal funding of at least ...[more]
October 28, 2008 UMA Members Prevail in Transit Infringement Cases In two separate actions, UMA members Miller Trailways of Louisville, KY, and Jean’s Bus Service of Greenville, SC, were successful in obtaining favorable “Advisory Opinions” that led the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to issue “Cease and Desist” orders in both cases. In the first case, the University of Louisville sought bids for an on campus shuttle operation and eventually awarded the $445,000 contract to Transit...[more]
October 8, 2008 UMA Participates in NTSB Hearing on Texas Crash The United Motorcoach Association assisted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in their inquiry into the Victoria, TX crash as a party to the two day hearing that was held October 7 – 8. Victor Parra, UMA President & CEO, and Ken Presley the association's Vice President of Industry Relations, represented UMA and the entire motorcoach industry ...[more]
September 22, 2008 UMA and IMG Request FTA Investigate DNC Exemption In a letter to the Honorable James Simpson, Administrator of the Federal Transit Adminstration (FTA), the United Motorcoach Association and International Motor Coach Group formally requested that the FTA investigate the circumstances surrounding the FTA’s granting of an exemption to the Denver Regional Transit District for transportation during ...[more]
September 19, 2008 UMA Submits Written Testimony for Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Motorcoach Safety Yesterday, the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security held a hearing on safety and security regulations for the bus and motorcoach industry. The United Motorcoach Association submitted written testimony and UMA President & CEO Victor Parra and UMA Vice President of Industry Relations Ken Presley...[more]
September 18, 2008 UMA Statement on Motor Coach Industries Long term industry stalwart Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has entered the court system to restructure their fiduciary obligations. These are complex issues, many of which transcend routine difficulties and involve matters such as foreign exchange rates...[more]