More than 100 motorcoach industry leaders push unified agenda in DC
April 6, 2018 – The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and the American Bus Association (ABA) will bring together more than 100 industry leaders for the first Bus and Motorcoach Industry Fly In on Capitol Hill, April 10-11. Also joining the united effort will be the Asian American Motorcoach Association, the International Motorcoach Group, the National Association of Motorcoach Operators, and Trailways, as well as leadership from every state and regional association in the motorcoach industry.
The organizations are joining forces to focus on advancing shared safety and regulatory reforms, and preservation of the fuel tax exemption for motorcoaches.
“By bringing together the leadership, energy and strength of these industry organizations, we will deliver a powerful message to our leaders in Congress," says UMA's president and CEO, Stacy Tetschner. “I know it's going to have a positive impact on our ability to advance our agenda in Washington.”
“Government affairs is the most important thing ABA does,” says ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “It is so good to see so many members engaged on this important event. It is important for industry unity to speak with one voice on issues affecting their business.”
Both Tetschner and Pantuso give credit for this first-time ever fly in to their volunteer leadership UMA Chair Gladys Gillis and ABA Chairman Don Devivo.
The Bus and Motorcoach Industry Fly In begins with a briefing on the issues for all participants on April 10. The next day, operators will travel to Capitol Hill for meetings with House and Senate members to advance industry priorities.
Three primary areas of regulatory reform are on the list of operators' priorities.
- Require separate and distinct impact analyses for rulemaking when it comes to trucks and buses in recognition of the fact that there are vast differences between trucking and the transportation of passengers.
- Require transit recipients to report verifiable data when certifying to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that they encouraged private sector participation in publicly funded projects. Currently, public transit operators do little more than “check-the-box” without providing any detail.
- Enhance transparency in the FTA's intercity bus grant program by requiring state Governors expanded certification, again with greater detail.
In addition, operators will be highlighting the importance of preserving the partial fuel tax exemption for motorcoaches at current levels.
About the United Motorcoach Association (UMA)
The United Motorcoach Association is the nation’s largest organization exclusively protecting and promoting the opportunities, interests and welfare of privately held bus and motorcoach companies. UMA members include motorcoach company owners, management, and industry suppliers. To learn more about UMA, visit their website.
About the American Bus Association (ABA)
Founded in 1926, The American Bus Association is the oldest, largest and most respected voice in the motorcoach, tour and travel industry. ABA represents the largest group of motorcoach decision-makers, with approximately 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the United States and Canada. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. To learn more about ABA, visit their website.