Wednesday, January 16, 2019

UMA Capitol Hill UMA Members at Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. — Eighty United Motorcoach Association (UMA) members canvassed Capitol Hill March 17-18 to speak to their congressional elected officials about issues affecting the motorcoach industry at the association’s annual Capitol Hill Days.

In total, UMA operator members held 418 individual appointments at congressional offices—a sharp increase from last year’s 284 appointments.

UMA members shared information about their own businesses and rallied for backing of three critical needs during their meetings: opposition of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to raise the federal financial responsibility limits; support of Rep. Barletta's proposal (H.R. 1371, "Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015") to remove CSA scores from public view until the data used to calculate the score can be improved; and support to preserve the current charter service rule.  

Meetings were professionally arranged specifically for the individual UMA members by Prime Policy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based global public policy and government affairs firm.

“Without a doubt, this was the best fly-in we've ever had," UMA President and CEO Victor Parra said. "Our members rose to the challenge and came out to help explain to congressional leaders, face-to-face, how these legislative and regulatory changes will affect their businesses and communities. We made some real progress here and now we need our members—all members, not just those who came to D.C. today—to keep reaching out to their elected leaders to ask for their support."

Visit tinyurl.com/coach-issues to learn more about the key issues discussed during Capitol Hill Days, and uma.org for more information about UMA.

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