Member Newsletter


Members receive weekly updates about association events, industry trends, and "must-read" news in your inbox every Tuesday in our Member Newsletter. 



Archived newsletters are available below by week published. Click the date to see what you missed!

August 2019

August 13, 2019

  • FMCSA says lease interchange rule revision will save $8 million in regulatory costs
  • UMA will debut Mini Coach Pavilion at 2020 Motorcoach EXPO in Nashville
  • UMA taps UBT as technology partner for
  • Productivity: 6 habits of highly effective people
  • 16 social media updates you need to know about for 2019
  • Why Uber's stock is tanking
  • UMA EXPO: Send your maintenance professionals to compete and learn
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Canada's coming ELD requirements will be painless for most operators
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Hours-of-Service violations dropping under ELD mandate
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: UMA members receive deep discounts on premier educational events
  • Industry Calendar

August 6, 2019

  • AMA honors founding president Jim Thrasher
  • Alan Thrasher steps up as AMA president, thanks Elizabeth Wright for service
  • Space available at TSI Motor Carrier Compliance course
  • Senate transportation plan reckons with climate change
  • Volvo study shows self-drive features boost efficiency
  • Driver Competition adds excitment to EXPO; winners get cash awards and trophies!
  • HIRING: Creative interview questions can evoke crucial insights
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: OSHA issues texting and driving warning
  • Bus & Motorcoach News:NY legislators pass school bus camera law
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: UMA offers discounts on premier education events
  • Industry Calendar

July 2019

July 30, 2019

  • Last call! Board nominations due August 1
  • Coalition urges Congress to support STOP Act
  • Mini Bus - Executive Bus Survey
  • AMA - SCMA - GMOA Regional Meeting brings together operators for education, fun, networking
  • FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse offers FAQ for users
  • Regional Town Halls: The FMCSA Portal & Your Business
  • EXPO education sessions announced
  • FMCSA adds live ELD Q&A sessions to meet operator demand
  • UMA Safety Management Seminar: Set for Dec. 4-5 in Ashburn - Registration is open!
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Global factors tightening motorcoach industry insurance market
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Driverless shuttle manufacturer sees future in tourism
  • Member Benefits: Show your professionalism with a UMA member badge on your website
  • Industry Calendar

July 23, 2019

  • MCI vehicle featured at Independent Living March
  • Accident underscores dangers of e-scooters
  • Reminder: Regional Town Halls will focus on FMCSA Portal and its utility to operators
  • Awards nominations open for EXPO
  • Facility tours at EXPO: Gray Line and Prevost
  • House passes bill raising minimum wage to $15 and hour
  • FMCSA proposes partial delay of entry-level driver training rule
  • It's getting harder to fire employees for using pot
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Limo owner must submit to DNA testing
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Premium services attract new motorcoach riders
  • Reminder: UMA Board nominations due by August 1
  • Industry Calendar

July 16, 2019

  • The FMCSA Portal & Your Business: Join colleagues for an online Regional Town Hall
  • Pennsylvania School Bus Associaton honors Dale Krapf with Bus Stops Here Award
  • HIRING: The case for hiring more full time workers
  • Duttons home safe following recent tour bus wreck in Ohio
  • NTSB reports on crash between autonomous shuttle and truck
  • Driver indicted in deadly March 2019 coach crash on I-95 in Virginia 
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Canadian government tackles bus safety issues
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Driver's incapacitating medical event ruled cause of Alabama crash
  • Member Benefits: Show your professionalism with a UMA member badge on your website
  • Industry Calendar

July 9, 2019

  • Reminder: UMA Board nominations due August 1
  • How to manage the scene of a motorcoach accident or crisis
  • Duttons' tour bus crashes on Ohio highway
  • Safety Management Seminar: An essential event for compliance and risk management pros
  • UMA will host Regional Town Hall meetings on first day of EXPO
  • Personnel: Employees have started doing something truly insulting to their bosses
  • People: Noted bus photographer George Zieba honored at NEBA meeting
  • Summer: A good time to brush up on tire safety
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: California commits to global leadership on climate change
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Safety rating system brings insurance nightmare for some operators
  • Member Benefits: Show your professionalism with a UMA member badge on your website
  • Industry Calendar

July 2, 2019

  • Time to reinforce your safe driving policies
  • Safety Management Seminar: A unique opportunity to educate your safety and compliance team
  • Nashville Trivia: The story of Music City
  • July 31 is FMCSA's new target date for unveiling HOS proposed change rule
  • Norfolk, VA party bus did not have legal permit when woman fell to death on interstate ramp
  • Olli manufacturer seeks partners in Atlanta, Pacific Northwest
  • People: PBA names Patricia Cowley new executive director
  • Obituary: Robert 'Robbie' Quick of Quick's Bus Company mourned by family, friends, industry
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Jury sends clear message: Falsify logs and you'll pay
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Mulitiple and catastrophic brake failures identified in Schoharie crash
  • Member Benefits: Show your professionalism with a UMA member badge on your website
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

June 2019

June 25, 2019

  • UMA on the road: Getting a sense of the industry
  • Summertime and the driving isn't easy
  • UMA Safety Management Seminar update: Mark your calendars for December 4-5
  • UMA plans sightseeing tours and Town Halls at EXPO
  • Nashville Trivia: Goo Goo Clusters
  • FMSCA administrator acknowledges various challenges to under-21 driver pilot program
  • People: Lakefront Lines employees honored with Tubman Award by Truckers Against Trafficking
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: UMA's Industry Sales Summit inspires and equips pros with new ideas
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: RIP All Inclusive Pricing
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

June 18, 2019

  • CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week to focus on speeding
  • In California, Uber and Lyft fight law defining drivers as employees
  • Two things successful new hires do differently 
  • ABA Motorcoach Census shows strong industry
  • Nashville Trivia - Centennial Park
  • Canada will require ELDs on June 12, 2021
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Congestion pricing proposed for Los Angeles
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Will new fees discourage national park tourism
  • Advocating in Georgia: GMOA Legislative CommitteeChair Alan Robinson
  • Member Benefits: Directory is online and in the mail to members
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar


June 11, 2019

  • New limo safety rules following fatal NY limo crash
  • FMCSA administrator stresses goal of collaboration for safety and progress
  • UMA Board assesses autonomous vehicle technology 
  • Nashville Room Block
  • Nashville Trivia - Hot Chicken
  • Seen around town: Young's Transportation
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Risky driving behavior on the rise according to risk management firm
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: The art of collaboration - How helping others can grow your business
  • Sustainability summit has eye-opening possibilities
  • Member Benefits: Directory is online and in the mail to members
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

June 4, 2019

  • Nominations open for UMA Board of Directors
  • Sales Summit creates energy around new ideas, trends and tech tools to drive business
  • Swiss venture firms buys TEMSA
  • Heads up for airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Spring Fling at the Bus Museum attracts crowds
  • Book your stay in Nashville at great UMA rates
  • TRENDS: Uber loses another $1 billion. CFO calls 2019 an 'investment year.'
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Rally offers coach operators a chance at revenue sharing
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Ensure your company's future by making nice with insurers
  • California's national parks drew 39.9 million in 2018
  • Reminder! Closures on I-95 and Rte. 1 near Stamford, CT
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Century Business Solutions can help you save on credit card processing

May 2019

May 28, 2019

  • Congress weighs in on FMCSA's preemption of California's meal and rest break
  • Spring Fling at the Bus Museum is this weekend
  • AOBRD is the topic of latest online Regional Town Hall meeting
  • Sneak Preview After Party set for Wildhorse Saloon
  • MANAGEMENT: Five signs your family business might have an ethics problem
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: NPS working to streamline application process
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Can seat belt buzzers get students to buckle up?
  • Plan ahead for closures on I-95 and Rte. 1 near Stamford, CT
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Century Business Solutions can help you save on credit card processing, and if they can't they'll pay your dues
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

May 21, 2019

  • Sales pros to meet at Mall of America for first annual Bus & Motorcoach Industry Sales Summit
  • AOBRD phaseout is topic of latest online Regional Town Hall meeting
  • One more day to save big on EXPO registration
  • Get ready for 2019 Roadcheck: Steering and suspension
  • Germany's first electric highway lets turcks draw power from overhead cables
  • Motorcoach sales hold steady, according to survey
  • OBITUARY: Kent Huskey of Huskey Trailways passes away at 55
  • CVSA seeks to limit ELD exemptions
  • Limo manager charged for 20 fatalities in unexplained crash
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Century Business Solutions can help you save on credit card processing

May 14, 2019

  • Member Alert: FMCSA requests comments on industry petition to preempt airport permit rules
  • EXPO registration opens for Nashville
  • It's Infrastructure Week, May 13-20: Get the facts
  • Industry collaboration, data play key roles in FMCSA's work, according to secretary
  • MANAGING PEOPLE:  What good feedback really looks like
  • Go Motorcoach has the resources you need to expand your bookings of sightseeing trips
  • A bet on Uber is a bet on self-driving
  • RECRUITING: Wage hikes, guaranteed pay, improved communication can have positive effect on driver shortage
  • National Park Service expands passenger fees
  • Report says 47,000 bridges in poor condition
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Workers' Comp insurance created with motorcoach operators in mind
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

May 7, 2019

  • AOBRD to ELD transition is coming: Join a Regional Town Hall videoconference to discuss and learn
  • Park Service issues FAQ resource for CUAs and fees for road-based tour operators
  • Generations: When it comes to power in the workplace, 30 is the new 50
  • MARKETING: Stop discounting. Sell VALUE over price.
  • Florida approves allowing rideshare firms to deploy autonomous vehicles
  • RECRUITING: How to avoid being ghosted by driver applicants
  • TAX TIPS: Taking care of business - recordkeeping advice for small businesses from the IRS
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Inspections ramp up for tourist season
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: NOLA warns of party bus crackdown
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Workers' Comp insurance created with motorcoach operators in mind
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

April 2019

April 30, 2019

  • UMA mourns loss of two founding memebers, Rachel Allen and Joe Ready
  • NPS Webinar: Pose questions in advance of online event that will explain CUA permit changes relevant to tour operators
  • Sales Summit gives access to top tech solutions
  • Bonus sales session with Shawna Suckow
  • New Yorkers make bank ratting out idling drivers
  • GMOA honors legacy of industry leader Woody Shelnutt
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Ramp in deadly VA crash investigated
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: L.A. considering congestion pricing
  • Century Business Solutions offer exclusive UMA member savings on credit card processing
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

April 23, 2019

  • NPS Webinar: Learn more about Commercial Use Authorizations
  • Tech Innovators will drive thought leadership at UMA's Industry Sales Summit
  • FMCSA's new requirements for entry-level driver training take effect next February
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Are insurance rate hikes on the horizon?
  • Diesel headed higher; average price up 2.9 cents per gallon this week alone
  • Pay 20-25 cents less per gallon of diesel when you partner with UMA and AMBEST
  • Musk thinks Tesla can build a million robotaxis in a year
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

April 16, 2019

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity from DHS
  • You're invited to view photos from the Legislative Fly-In
  • Liberty Mutual study shows workplace injuries cost US companies more than $1 billion per week
  • National Small Business Week to host second virtual conference via webinar, May 7-8
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Read the latest stories in Bus & Motorcoach News
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Coalition of East Coast operators from six states meets
  • UMA travel protection plans from USI help operators serve customers and generate revenue
  • Next international Roadcheck is June 4-6
  • Bus Museum Spring Fling is set for June 1
  • Proterra amps up battery leasing program
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

April 9, 2019

  • Mall of America's ESP: A marvel of technology: Host site for Sales Summit is social media innovator
  • A day of advocacy for the motorcoach industry
  • New app available for FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Program
  • NPS webinar will review CUA policy updates
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Action! Movie site tours a growing tour niche
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Battery electric pays off over time
  • JUST FOR FUN: Enjoy ABC Companies' April Fool's Day video
  • Bus & Motorcoach News launches Marketplace
  • Road to Zero Coalition awards grant aimed at increasing seatbelt use in motorcoaches
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

April 2, 2019

  • Low rate for Sales Summit extended through April 5
  • Upcoming GPS rollover and how it affects you
  • Nation's motorcoach and bus operators gather in DC: Fly-In draws leaders from 21 associations
  • Unified Carrier Registration enforcement date delayed
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Are you ready for an economic downturn
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Between seat belts and a hard place: Motorcoaches are highly safe, but Canadian companies are struggling to have that message heard
  • UMA adds new members for first quarter of 2019
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

March 2019

March 26, 2019

  • Move away from discounting your service and sell more
  • Three reasons to start your AOBRD to ELD transition now
  • Motorcoach operators heading to DC for Fly-In
  • MEMBER NEWS: Star Shuttle wins traffic safety award
  • TECH: Volvo's autonomous electric buses will hit the road in Singapore
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Midwestern floods challenge operators
  • Dropped thermos may be crash culprit
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

March 19, 2019

  • Want to sell more tours, fill more buses? UMA can help. Attend the Sales Summit
  • UMA member benefits spotlight: A workers' comp program that has big benefits for smaller companies
  • FREE WEBINAR: Generate revenue with TSI's Travel Protection Plan
  • Work-Life Culture: How to build a team that can go the distance
  • SALES: Attention sales people: Products and services don't exist
  • The 2019-2020 UMA Directory is being created: Log in to ASAP to update your member record
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Easily find the latest stories at Bus & Motorcoach News
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Motorcoach Operators feeling ramifications of deadly upstate New York limo crash
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Recreational marijuana and the charter bus industry
  • Connect with UMA on Social Media
  • Industry Calendar

March 12, 2019

  • FMCSA launches new drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
  • Uber-for-planes startup BlackBird raises $10M to replace road trips
  • UMA member benefits startup: Exclusive fuel savings for members who sign up for AMBEST
  • Trump's FMCSA budget request higher than enacted levels
  • JJ Keller Webinars on Driver Hiring and Training
  • Webinar: Generate revenue with USI's Travel Protection Plan
  • Sales trends impact small business growth
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Driver Success: It's in the training
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Bankruptcy petition moves forward: Silverado cites merger, soft market for secondary sales
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Industry Calendar

March 5, 2019

  • Want to sell more tours? Fill more buses? UMA can help with our sales summit
  • Member Benefits Spotlight: A workers' comp program with big benefits for smaller companies
  • Webinar: Generate revenue with USI's Travel Protection Plan
  • Work-Life: How to build a team that can go the distance
  • SALES: Attention sales people: Products and services don't exist
  • 2019-2020 UMA directory is being created: Log in to UMA and update your member record now
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Easily find the latest stories at Bus & Motorcoach News online
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Motorcoach operators feeling ramifications of deadly update NY limo crash
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Recreational marijuana and the charter bus industry
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Industry Calendar


February 2019

February 26, 2019

  • UBT signs on as Signature Sponsor for Fly-In
  • Three reasons you belong at the Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly-In 
  • A look back at the first year of the ELD mandate
  • Singapore looks to self-driving cars to aid aging society
  • The clock is ticking for moving from AOBRDs to ELDs: Conversion might be more painful than shift from paper
  • Management: Give your employees goals and the freedom to figure out how to reach them
  • Help us get it right: Log in to UMA and update your member record, asap
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Milhouser: Standing tall is tough in era of over-regulation
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Industry leader Bill Luke celebrates 95 years today
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Industry Calendar 

February 19, 2019

  • New UMA member directory being compiled: Log in and update your record
  • Partner groups work to create shared legislative agenda
  • Report shows strategies to add women to transportation: Enumerates strategies to recruit and retain women
  • Amazon patents system to use bus routes for deliveries
  • Obituary: UMA mourns loss of John M. Tobin
  • UMA music licensing rate gives members a big discount
  • Resources: FMCSA ELD Home Page provides vital info for operators
  • Member Resources: Simplify vehicle inspections with WhipAround and get a member discount
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: So, what's all this hullabaloo about a Fly-In
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: FMCSA Safety Planner: An interactive tool
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Industry Calendar

February 12, 2019

  • 20 Partner organizations sign on for UMA-powered event
  • Data on trucks show US traffic pain points: NCY supplants Atlanta on list of worst bottlenecks
  • NTSB calls for 46 safety recommendations to be implemented
  • Renew music licensing through ASCAP, BMI by March 31
  • ELD News: New York State begins enforcement
  • Canadian task force will look into seatbelts on school buses
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Explore Music City at EXPO 2020
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Social media not always friendly
  • Connect with UMA on social media and online
  • Industry Calendar 


February 5, 2019

  • Industry partners throw support behind legislative fly-in
  • Homicide detective seeks industry's help with 1991 cold case
  • Time to renew music licensing through ASCAP/BMI
  • TRENDS: Premium bus lines challenging airlines
  • TRENDS: Five reasons autonomous vehicles aren't coming soon
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Longtime trucker-turned-bus driver wins UMA driving competition
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: This maintenance champion keeps the buses running
  • Member Resources: Show your professionalism with a UMA member badge on your website
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

January 2019

January 29, 2019

  • What is a compliance review
  • 2019 EXPO Roundup: Pics, survey, 2020 price deal
  • Time to renew music licensing through ASCAP/BMI
  • DRIVER SHORTAGE: Walmart trucking pay scale has the industry buzzing
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Expertise from EXPO - Get data to work for you
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: National Park Service offers free days in 2019
  • Member Resources: Free resources available through Motorcoach Marketing Council
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

January 22, 2019

  • Join us April 2-3 to make a difference for our industry
  • Industry groups call for end to government shutdown
  • MBMCA hosts meet and greet for mayoral hopeful
  • Marketing: Expert says customer surveys are no substitute for actually talking to your customers
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Bus driver saves baby and video goes viral
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Stagecoach Group mulls sale of North American assets
  • Member Resources: Exclusive insurance program generates revenue, plus meets consumer needs
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

January 15, 2019

  • FMCSA finalizes UCR fees
  • UMA EXPO entertains and educates: Event creates excitement for 2020
  • Industry standouts recognized at EXPO
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Winter travel can mean tricky driving
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Be sure no kid is (literally) left behind
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar


December 18, 2018

  • UMA announces industry advocacy day, invites partners for 2019 Industry Legislative Fly-In
  • Potential government shutdown looms; call ahead if National Parks are on your itinerary
  • Shutdown resources
  • Coalition wins UCR fee exemption for intrastate school buses
  • Motorcoach, tour and travel associations collaborate for mutual interests
  • Get the UMA EXPO App
  • TECH: Autonomous vehicles likedly to be a slowly-arriving commodity
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Congress contemplates the Vehicle Mile Tax
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: EXPO Primer - Your guide to the 2019 show
  • Member Resources: Video of MGM exec from 2018 EXPO online for members only
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

December 11, 2018

  • Sold out compliance seminar features briefings from FMCSA officials and safety experts
  • CANADA: Party bus operators in British Columbia must obtain consent forms for underage riders
  • Park fees resource: Click NPS map to get details
  • FMCSA to outline priorities at Transportation Research Board Session Jan 15
  • TRENDS: Understanding transportation as a service's potential to reduce car ownership
  • Training for driver supervisors at EXPO
  • Regional Town Hall Meetings Dec 12 and 13
  • TECHNOLOGY: Musk says Tesla Autopilot poised to support lights, roundabouts, full self-driving
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Even cold meds can impair driving, NTSB warns
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Don't even think of parking here - Expert tips on driving in nightmare cities
  • UMA Motorcoach Travel PAC works for operators like you
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

December 4, 2018

  • FMCSA extends Lease and Interchange rule compliance date until January 1, 2021
  • UMA member Southwest Coaches loses two vehicles and its office to major fire
  • Calling all drivers: Enter the UMA International Driver Competition
  • Training to recognize driver drug and alcohol use — a federal requirement for operators
  • UMA will offer two-hour training for driver supervisors on January 8 at EXPO: "Drug and Alcohol Essentials" 
  • TECHNOLOGY: May Mobility's not so sexy plan to win at self-driving vehicles
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: EXPO "Unheadliner" will have you laughing your way to success in business
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: What to do when your trip erupts, literally
  • Learn to create a vibrant safety culture at EXPO: January 8, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
  • MARKETING: Free online social media resources available through Motorcoach Marketing Council
  • UMA members get special treatment on
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

November 27, 2018

  • UMA members elect four to board of directors
  • Calling all drivers? Enter the International Driver Competition
  • Waymo taps former NTSB chair Deborah Hersman to oversee safety of autonomous rideshare fleet
  • Upcoming events: Regional Town Hall Meetings set for Dec. 11, 12, 13 and Safety Seminar is almost sold out
  • ELD News: Digital logging affects truck drivers' behavior for better and for worse
  • Technology: NHSTA pulls plug on self-driving school bus, ending bold experiment in Florida
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Finding drivers: Think behyond the obvious to attract your next-gen driving professionals
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: NPS fees set — and they'll be costly
  • Charter Service Registration: Four reasons your company should be on the FTA list
  • EXPO: Education, Networking, Buying opportunities AND a fabulous beach party!
  • MARKETING: Don't let a small budget limit your marketing plan
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: UMA offers new insurance program that generates revenue and meets customer needs
  • IRS warns businesses of possible "tax transcript' scams; National Tax Security Awareness Week will include webinar
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar


November 20, 2018

  • Discuss ELD data and compliance reviews in UMA's next regional town hall meetings
  • TRAFFIC: Drivers beware: NYC issues 'Gridlock Alert Days' notice
  • Please participate in the ABA Foundation's Motorcoach Census
  • Learn ways to minimize risk and hear from federal regulators at the 2018 Safety Seminar
  • Unified Carrier Registration delayed
  • Nominations open for 40 under 45 Roundtable
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: It's what's inside that counts: Add color to your trips with fabric that wows
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Trips for adventurous travelers
  • Try out craft beer tasting at EXPO on Tuesday January 8
  • Remember UMA membership gives you a discount on ASCAP/BMI Licensing
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

November 13, 2018

  • Driver wellness is focus of education session at Safety Management Seminar
  • How to vet requests from the US Census Bureau in an age of internet scams
  • First class service will connect central Oregon and Portland thanks to NW Navigator
  • MCI hosts members of IMG at Vehicle Innovation Center
  • Nominations for various operator awards closing soon
  • EXPO exhibitor webinar: Top tips for engagement
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Customers want adventure travel--and will pay for it
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: China tariffs may affect som ebus companies' bottom lines
  • Pet an alligator at EXPO on January 7
  • Remember to show your UMA pride with a UMA Member badge on your website and printed material
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar


November 6, 2018

  • Reminder: UMA election ballots are due to be postmarket and returned no later than November 15
  • UMA announces 40 under 45 roundtable to convene at EXPO
  • Workforce: Employees want more choices in when and where they work
  • Help METRO celebrate innovation in our industry! Nominations due by November 20
  • Safety Management Agenda is announced
  • Know an environmental leader? Nominate an operator for recognition
  • BUS4NY Coalition forms to address myriad issues impacting buses operating in NYC
  • EXPO exhibitor webinar: Top tips for engagement
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: From bread deliveries to charters - Arrow Stage Lines celebrates 90 years of success
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Time for a new 'model' for driver recruitment
  • EXPO: Meet some local wildlife at EXPO. Pet a baby gator
  • Member Resources: Simplify vehicle inspections with WhipAround & get a member discount
  • Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association hosts annual driver safety meeting in AC
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar


October 30, 2018

  • Reminder: UMA election ballots are due to be postmarked and returned no later than November 15
  • UMA adds Motorcoach Marketing Council to its brands; transition to wrap up by year's end
  • A glimpse into the mind of the FMCSA: Fleetowner considers new tone since Secretary Martinez took over
  • Space is limited for the Safety Management Seminar
  • Know a n environmental leader? Nominate an operator for recognition
  • How does the NYC cap on for-hire vehicle license 
  • EXPO exhibitor webinar: Top tips for engagement
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: New York steps up security at key infrastructure points
  • Bus & Motorcoach News Podcast: A discussion about UMA's Maintenance Interchange with Rich Tisone of Stout's Transportation
  • Member Resources: Generate revenue and provide a needed service for your customers with member-exclusive insurance products
  • Seven marketing mistakes that could come back to haunt you. Seriously.
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

October 23, 2018

  • Nominate an environmental leader to be recognized by peers at EXPO
  • Ford will try driverless cars in nation's capital
  • EXPO session takes on hiring, retaining drivers: Half of drivers leave within 6 months of hiring, find out why and how to stop it
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: UMA announces Safety Seminar speakers and topics
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Your biggest competitor might be . . . Uncle Sam?
  • Member Resources: UMA members benefit from free BOC-3 process service
  • Northwest Motorcoach Association Roadeo winner will attend UMA International Driver Competition
  • Industry Calendar


October 16, 2018

  • Learn about tech weapons to ramp up your performance
  • UMA board electoins underway; ballots are in the mail
  • Columbus transit union forms coalition to opport autonomous buses in Ohio
  • UMA welcomes 21 new members in third quarter
  • Greater New Jersey Motocoach Association announces scholarship program
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Five ELD problems and how to fix them
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Proposed sleep apnea rule suspended
  • Uber IPO could top $120 billion
  • Member Resources: UMA Motorcoach Travel PAC is working for operators like you
  • TSA briefs NW Motorcoach Association members on new program, "First Observer Plus"
  • Industry Calendar


October 9, 2018

  • Learn UnMarketing from Scott Stratten at EXPO
  • UMA announces candidates for Board of Directors
  • JJ Keller offers free webinar on driver qualifications
  • Make data a cornerstone of your team's skill set
  • The Driver Shortage: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools take on driver shortage with higher starting pay
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: The Golden Rule rules at these companies
  • New Operators Guide has good info, whether you're new or not so new to motorcoaches
  • People: Dale Krapf addresses EPA children's health event in DC
  • Industry Calendar


October 2, 2018

  • An "All Staff Guide" to understanding your ELD
  • FEMA to test wireless emergency alert, Oct. 3
  • Medical Certificate Forms for drivers and examiners online
  • The driver shortage: Bus driver shortage is making some kids late for school
  • WhipAround mobile app speeds vehicle inspection
  • add the UMA member logo to your website, BusRates listing and printed materials
  • Industry calendar


September 25, 2018

  • Vision Award nominations deadline is October 15
  • FMCSA proposes revised Lease/Interchange language
  • Solution Session: Prepare and Protect Your Company from Terrorism and Cyber Terrorism
  • All of I-95 North Carolina reopens after flooding
  • Addressing the driver shortage: Apprenticeships for bus drivers
  • Register for the 2018 UMA Safety Management Seminar
  • First regional UMA Town Halls yield good results
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: That bargain may really cost you
  • CVSA releases Operation Safe Driver results for 2018
  • UMA Board nominations due Monday, Oct. 1
  • Industry Calendar

September 17, 2018

  • Solution Session: Problem Solve the Driver Shortage Together
  • Quick Poll: Are you coming to the 2019 Motorcoach EXPO?
  • Maryland Motorcoach Association Crab Feast and Travel Talk is a hit
  • FMCSA streamlines processes for diabetic drivers
  • NTSB to determine probable cause of March 2017 Concan, TX crash
  • AMBEST booth at EXPO will feature prize for drivers
  • CSA seeks nominations for driver of excellence award
  • Register for the UMA Safety Management Seminar
  • Let's Talk About ELDs Town Hall Meetings announced
  • Fun Facts: Buses in Popular Culture
  • Nominations for UMA Board open through October 1
  • Bump-canceling bunks promise smooth bus rides
  • Industry Calendar

September 11, 2018

  • Emergency declaration issued along east coast from NY to FL
  • Solution Session: Media tips for savvy responses to online critics
  • Nominate a top marketing for the GoMotorcoach Award
  • AMBEST's EXPO booth will feature an amazing prize for drivers
  • CVSA to hold inspection course in October
  • Register for the UMA Safety Management Seminar
  • Let's Talk About ELDs Town Hall Meetings announced
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Change Agents: Younger professionals growing with the industry
  • Nominations for UMA Board open through October 1
  • Marketing: Where to spend your marketing dollars wisely

September 4, 2018

  • Bring your drivers and mechanics to EXPO for cash prizes and competitions
  • EXPO Solution Sessions tackle top challenges
  • Get ready for CVSA Brake Safety Week
  • UMA sponsors Busing on the Lookout
  • Register for the UMA 2018 Safety Seminar
  • Let's Talk About ELDs at a Regional Town Hall
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Oregon cracks down on buses over weight limits
  • NTSB determines driver acted reasonably in Biloxi crash
  • Nominations open for UMA Board of Directors
  • Management: 10 rules for running big buses the limo way
  • Industry Calendar


August 28, 2018

  • UMA launches regional online discussions starting with ELDs as first topic
  • TSA warns transportation stakeholders to be alert to threats
  • Department of Labor to hold listening sessions on overtime rules
  • Register for the UMA 2018 Safety Seminar
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Q&A with FMCSA spokesperson Duane DeBruyne
  • Assessment: How productive are you?
  • CVSA offers Out-of-Service-Criteria app for operators
  • People: Bailey Coach honors top drivers
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

August 21, 2018

  • Nominations open for UMA Board of Directors
  • EXPO awards celebrations will honor industry leaders and winners
  • Proposed UCR fees set to be reduced for 2019
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Capitol Matters: Missed opportunities and responsibilities
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Marketing Minute: Put wine touring on the menu
  • Social media resources available through Go Motorcoach
  • Ten time boosting management hacks you can use every day
  • 2018 Safety Management Seminar: Save the dates, Dec. 5-6
  • industry Calendar

August 14, 2018

  • UMA party bus survey shows ordinance is bad for business
  • Maintenance competition comes to EXPO show floor for 2019
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Study shows benefit to combining transit and ridesharing
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Complete Coach Works to rehab New Flyer buses
  • Six positive expressions that might be offensive
  • Member discount for Whip Around vehicle inspection app
  • UMA Motorcoach Travel PAC is working for you
  • EXPO News: Nominate an operator for UMA's highest honor, the Vision Award
  • Industry Calendar

August 7, 2018

  • Exciting, new solution sessions will promote discussion, focus on future
  • ELD malfunction survey
  • Krapf's Coaches helps candidate take message on road
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Scenic byways a tour-goer won't soon forget
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Make seafood your itinerary theme for unique local flavor
  • Reseacher: to be a good leader, start by being a good follower
  • Add a UMA member badge to your homepage or marketing pieces
  • Industry calendar

JULY 2018

July 31, 2018

  • Chicago party bus ordinance: Your views? A UMA survey
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Meet FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez
  • Greyhound Canada drops routes
  • TSA alerts surface transportatoin stakeholders to potential threats
  • Top digital issues for US travel sector: online reputation management, mobile experience, direct bookings
  • Bus Rates Guide to Student Travel: Share it with local educators to promote your business
  • EXPO News: 2019 Association Summit will highlight latest issues facing industry
  • Industry Calendar

July 24, 2018

  • Bus & Motorcoach News gets refreshed image: new look debuts August 1
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Chairman Shuster releases infrastructure bill
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - The shuttle had no driver--and a millennial rider says that's okay
  • Irizar announces Irizar USA LLC
  • UMA applaudes proposal to convene White House Conference on Small Business
  • Group forms to address Chicago party bus ordinance issues
  • UMA operators get discount on electronic DVIR by Whip Around
  • EXPO news: Popular maintenance events shceudle for Fort Lauderdale
  • Management Tips: Retain more employees with "stay interviews"
  • UMA guide helps you decide how long to keep paperwork
  • Industry Calendar

July 17, 2018

  • FMCSA seeks public comment on under-21 driver pilot program
  • Homeland Security warns business owners about cyber threats
  • Driver Competition plans shaping up for 2019
  • US News assesses the state of transportation in the US
  • Management: Taming generational tension by valuing individuals
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Millennials plan more travel in 2018 than Boomers, Xers
  • Motor Fleet Safety Manual available at member pricing
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

July 10, 2018

  • Buses for Barletta: Operators invited to fundraiser for Rep. Lou Barletta
  • EXPO: Do you have what it takes to join our UMA All-Star Band?
  • CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week starts July 15
  • GoMotorcoach accepting nominations for Marketer of the Year Award
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Milhouser: "I've got a bridge to sell you, but the clearance is low"
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Marketing Dos and Don'ts from Chris Riddell
  • Retaining good workers: Upgrade benefits to retain high performing employees
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

July 3, 2018

  • UMA welcomes 39 new members in third quarter
  • DC Trails acquires BestBus
  • Bus & Motorcoach News - Visitors from Canada hit record in 2017
  • FirstGroup's CEO resigns; firm could sell Greyhound
  • New England Bus Association learns about human trafficking
  • Recall notice: Continental recalls Conti Coach HA3 tires
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

JUNE 2018

June 26, 2018

  • Fort Lauderdale hotel options for 2019 EXPO 
  • Chicago party bus ordinance: A thorny issue you need to know about
  • Driverless vehicles and society: What about jobs?
  • Add a UMA member logo to your site, your Busrates profile, and your printed materials
  • Frank Smith joins the GNJMA Board of Directors
  • FMCSA extends the deadline for compliance with medical examiner's certification integration

 June 19, 2018

  • Motorcoach Minute Podcast features industry original Lou Sardo
  • Grab attention with graphic appeal to up your social media game
  • UMA Member Guide to Compliance and Regulatory Assistance
  • ABC Companies announces marketing team changes
  • TSA's David Cooper will deliver keynote address at GNJMA meeting in October
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Motorcoach Mechanics are the 'unsung heroes' of our industry
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: OOIDA, safety groups oppose interstate commercial drivers under 21
  • Industry Calendar


June 12, 2018

  • EXPO is less than 200 days away. Register now and learn more!
  • Should you join the family business? Harvard Business Review has some advice
  • Share your bus jokes. Please.
  • CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week reminder (July 15-21)
  • Those roads are more dangerous than ever: Study shows high percentage of killed drivers test positive for drugs
  • Member Survey: What's keeping you up at night?
  • Bus & Motorcoach News: Prevost 2018 factory training draws record attendance

June 5, 2018

  • What if you ELD provider goes out of business
  • FMCSA issues Personal Conveyance Guidelines 
  • Bylaws change approved by members
  • CVSA Alliance Roadcheck set for June 5-7
  • Member Survey: What's keeping you up at night?
  • Spring Fling Photos
  • Milhouser: Private sector involvement could help transit
  • Motorcoach Industry Calendar

MAY 2018


May 22, 2018

  • UMA's Dale Krapf testifies on the FAST Act of 2015
  • DHS announces notice of funding opportunity for security and preparedness grants
  • UMA's Member Directory is online and in the mail 
  • Three keys to nurturing organic growth for your enterprise
  • Coalition seeks to end highway fatalities
  • FMCSA says 12.9 percent of truckers are not ELD compliant

May 15 - National Infrastructure Week edition

  • UMA asks operators to get active and support HR2120 during Infrastructure Week
  • DC's Union Station Bus Terminal parking offers convenience for drivers
  • Renovated covered bridge near Atlanta keeps having run-ins
  • Does the U.S. need a 'Department of Infrastructure?'
  • Court rules highway toll revenue can fund New York's canals
  • CSA scores now include ELD violations

May 8

  • New Operators Guide for the Motorcoach Industry
  • Membership dues news
  • Digital cameras could soon replace rear-vision mirrors
  • UMA's exclusive travel insurance program generates revenue for operators
  • Technology ignorance is not leadership

May 1

  • UMA members voting by e-ballot for bylaws change
  • Observe Infrastructure Week with focus on HR2120
  • MN DOT tests driverless shuttle for university students
  • announces new site with better functionality, higher value for operators
  • AOBRDs allowed on new motorcoaches
  • Coach operators adapting to ELD changes
  • FMCSA delays rule tha twould transmit drivers' medical exam certificates electronically

APRIL 2018

April 24

  • Scott Riccio named to UMA Board of Directors
  • Job seekers focus on work with greater purpose
  • Arlington TX replaces buses with ride sharing
  • PODCAST: Mergers & Acquisitions--Preparing to sell your business
  • Park Service announces CUA process for commercial tour operators

April 17

  • Joint Fly In promotes industry priorities on Capitol Hill
  • Link to Fly In Photos
  • Two Congressmen endorse proposal to allow younger interstate commercial drivers
  • Coach Quarters hits the campaign trail
  • TSA resources for Homeland bus security
  • Anderson Coach honored by Pennsylvania legislators

April 10

  • Joint Fly In advances unified agenda for UMA and ABA
  • FMCSA administrator goes out on inspection rounds in DC
  • Asian American Motorcoach Association gets moving
  • The never-ending self-driving car project
  • Operation Safe Driver Week is July 15-21
  • Trailways recognizes five outstanding drivers of the year

April 3

  • BANY fends off inspection tax
  • Workforce dynamics: What comes after millennials?
  • Creating a social media strategy to grow your motorcoach business
  • It's here: ELD enforcment started April 1
  • UMA welcomes 27 new members in first quarter of 2018


MARCH 2018

March 27

  • Sales tips for springtime: Don't let leads languish
  • Parking: Traveling to DC this Spring? Plan ahead for parking and routes
  • Bus Museum's Spring Fling is June 1-2, 2018 in Hershey, PA
  • Larry and Lorna Hundt honored with Canada's Meritorious Service Medal
  • Luther 'Woody' Story has passed away
  • Scott Hernandez is new director of crash standards and analysis at CVSA
  • USI Travel Insurance Services offers new travel insurance program for charter bus operators

March 20

  • Time to renew ASCAP/BMI Licensing
  • IRS video highlights pitfalls to avoid when filing taxes
  • UMA members get special treatment on member badge and upgraded color background
  • Compliance: International Roadcheck June 5-7 to focus on hours-of-service
  • Survey on ELDS
  • Greater NJ Motorcoach Association honors professionalism

March 13

  • Deadline for directory updates extended
  • ALERT: TSA issue salter to surface transportation stakeholders
  • Management: Why employees lose motivation and what you can do about it
  • Sign up for the 2018 Industry Fly In on Capitol Hill
  • Technology: See why VW's autonomous 'Cool Bus' is too cool for school
  • Get Bus & Motorcoach News on your own schedule

March 6

  • EXCLUSIVE: UMA announces new charter trip insurance product
  • FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez is on the job
  • Go Motorcoach offers driver recruitment tools
  • Technology: Laser technology enables driverless vehicles to see around corners
  • Pastor Charles Morgan of Morgan and Sons Week-end Tours has died
  • Does your company need its own podcast?



February 27

Febuary 20

  • Join industry colleagues for a day of advocacy in Washington, DC
  • We have a new FMCSA Administrator, Ray Martinez
  • PODCAST: Learn more about the upgraded and improved Busrates website
  • VA Tech Transportation Institute seeks UMA members' input for employment screening data
  • Management tips from Harvard Business Review
  • The UMA Directory is coming soon. Are you up-to-date?
  • High school videographer chronicles Baily Coach Vets trip

February 13

  • Connect with UMA on social media
  • Get ready for the 2019 UMA Motorcoach EXPO, January 6-10 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • NYC Transit system is testing electric vehicles
  • As feds deregulate, states and localities double down
  • Renew vital ASCAP/BMI Licensing for 2018
  • Get more out of social media with new resouces

February 6



January 23

  • UMA announces dates for 2018 Capitol Hill Day Fly In
  • NY Lawmakers seek tougher rules for doubledeckers
  • Nearly 60,000 warned or cited during Safe Driver Week
  • Bus Museum seeks help to save a piece of industry history
  • Dealing with debt? A guide for entrepreneurs
  • UMA members qualify for discounts on leading tire brands

January 16

  • Welcome Gladys Gillis, UMA's new Chairman of the Board
  • Time to update employment policies on medical marijuana
  • What you must know about cyberterrorism
  • A video on why you don't succeed: "Lazy and Unfocused"
  • Leadership: Is life-work balance even possible for high achievers?
  • Members in the news: See who was honored at EXPO during our awards celebrations
  • The UMA Membership Directory is an indispensible tool for operators