Alexandria, VA – May 17, 2016 – United Motorcoach Association (UMA) commends the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies which has included a provision important to the Nation’s 3,400 private bus and motorcoach operators in their FY 2017 Department of Transportation Appropriations bill. The Subcommittee plans to mark up the bill tomorrow. The bill includes a directive that prohibits the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from using any funds to amend the regulations relating to safety fitness determinations for motor carriers until ALL reforms to the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) programs mandated by the FAST Act are complete. Earlier this year, FMCSA issued a proposed rule that would radically change the way private, for-hire bus companies are rated, even though the agency had been directed by Congress in December to fix the underlying data upon which the rating system would be based.
“This is a great victory for UMA and our partners in the multi-industry coalition that has been working on this issue to build Congressional support since January,” said UMA President and CEO Victor S. Parra. “We are especially grateful to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)”, Subcommittee Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, for his strong support. UMA Chairman Dale Krapf added “We also express our sincere thanks to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) for their support of this important issue”.
This was one of the primary issues addressed by over 80 UMA members who came to Washington to meet with their Congressional delegations, April 12-13, 2016 during the UMA Capitol Hill Fly In. This event culminated with nearly 440 individualized meetings with Members and their staff. UMA looks forward to continuing to work with the Committee as the bill moves forward through the process.