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]
December 11, 2014
MEMBER BULLETIN: EXPO to Host FMCSA Listening Session on Annual Inspections
This year, the UMA Annual State Association Summit will host a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Listening Session. [More]
December 10, 2014
MEMBER BULLETIN: Can't Miss EXPO Session on Fatigue Management
A Fatigue Management solution session will be held during EXPO on Monday, 1/19 at 3:15pm and we have secured a speaker who is a leader in fatigue management in North America, Roger Clarke of Motor Carrier Safety Associates. [More]
December 08, 2014
MEMBER BULLETIN: Exciting Entertainment Announcement for UMA EXPO
We have booked the fantastic Louisiana-based band, “Alter Ego” to play at the UMA Leadership Awards Celebration during EXPO. [More]
November 21, 2014
McIlhenny Company President & CEO to Speak at Travel Exchange Opening Ceremony
ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 21, 2014-The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) has announced that Anthony "Tony" Avery Simmons, president and CEO of McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO brand products, will be the keynote speaker at the Travel Exchange Opening Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 19. [More]
November 19, 2014
United Motorcoach Association Announces Member Program with Motorcoach Tire Sales
ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 19, 2014-The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) has announced that it has partnered with Motorcoach Tire Sales, LLC to provide UMA member companies exclusive discounted pricing on the Toyo M144 coach tire. [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.
August 9, 2013
New Jersey Corporate Business Tax Repealed for Out-of-State Motorcoach Companies
ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 8, 2013 - The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is pleased to announce that New Jersey Governor Christie has signed a bill to exempt out-of-state bus and motorcoach companies from paying corporate business taxes.
June 3, 2013
United Motorcoach Association Announces Program with Scheig Associates
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 3, 2013—The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) has announced that it has partnered with Scheig Associates to provide discounted pre-employment performance testing to its members.
May 23, 2013
Atlanta Chosen as Site of 2016 Travel Exchange
LEXINGTON, KY; ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 23, 2013—NTA and the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) have selected Atlanta as the 2016 site of Travel Exchange, their combined trade and appointment show.
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.
April 9, 2013
BusRates.com Receives Nomination for White House Champion Program
ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 9, 2013 – The online group travel directory BusRates.com was nominated for The White House Champions of Change program for the “Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century” event being held on May 8, 2013.
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....
July 5, 2011
UMA Campaigns to Maintain IRP Plan Exemption Granted to Charter Bus Operators
ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 5, 2011— The United Motorcoach Association (UMA), along with the National Tour Association (NTA) and Motor Coach Canada (MCC), have been successful in their campaign to speak out against....
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....
May 6, 2011
Collective Advocacy: UMA Members Visit Capitol Hill
The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted a joint meeting for their members on Wednesday and Thursday of this week...
March 30, 2011
United Motorcoach Association Announces Two New Programs for Members
The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) announced that it has partnered with two service providers—Imperial Supplies and Petro-Canada Lubricants—to provide exclusive benefits to its members...
August 16, 2010
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Proposal to Require
Passenger Seatbelts on All New Motorcoaches
UMA wants to make its members aware that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a proposal that would require new motorcoaches to have lap-shoulder belts..
July 19, 2010
BusRates.com Makes Improvements to Increase Bus Subscriber Value
BusRates.com has announced recent updates to its site. The improvements come as a way to provide subscribers with
new tools and options to customize and optimize their listings to receive the highest-quality leads possible...
July 9, 2010
UMA, NTA to Hold First Co-located Event in Orlando Jan. 19-23, 2013
UMA and the National Tour Association (NTA) announce that the organizations will hold their first co-located
event in Orlando, Florida, January 19-23, 2013. This Show of Shows will be held at the Orange County Convention Center....[
June 10th, 2010
Member Alert: U.S. Senator Murray’s Amendment Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge
in Washington, DC
The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) is pleased to announce that it has won its case against the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) to have the Murray Amendment ruled unconstitutional.
April 13th, 2010
Registered Charter Operator with the Federal Transit Administration
Carriers who wish to continue receiving notices from public transit agencies when they intend to conduct charters must renew their registration on the
Federal Transit Administration website (FTA)...
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]
April 24, 2009
BusRates.com Continues to Grow Among UMA Members While Other Marketing Vehicles Usage Drops
The number of United Motorcoach Association (UMA) members utilizing BusRates.com as a marketing channel has almost doubled over the past year, the association’s recent industry assessment concludes. BusRates.com and UMA formed a strategic partnership over a year...[more]
March 25, 2009
FTA Denies Transit Authority’s Petition to Provide Service for Indianapolis 500
The United Motorcoach Association applauds the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for maintaining the spirit of the Charter Service Rule and denying the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation’s (IndyGo) petition to provide shuttle transportation...[more]
February 3, 2009
UMA on Board with March of Dimes Miles for Babies Campaign Launched at UMA Motorcoach Expo
The United Motorcoach Association and March of Dimes hopes to reach a goal of $500,000 one mile at a time! UMA members are pledging to donate 10 cents for every mile driven by their fleet on September 24, Miles for Babies Day. All proceeds will benefit...[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]
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