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ISSUESUPDATE
OMCA Benchmarking Tool

Chicago Party Bus Ordinance

The city of Chicago recently passed a requirement for all
coaches providing transportation to and from establishments
that serve alcohol to equip the coaches with rear-facing
cameras and security guards. The "party bus" ordinance was
aimed to address the increasing incidents of violence on
coaches where passengers consume alcohol. Unfortunately,
the legal language included all coaches and many have
raised concerns over the requirement that has resulted in
church groups and school charters having to equip coaches
with cameras and guards when visiting any alcohol-serving
establishment, even if the patrons of the coach are not
consuming or were not legally allowed to consume alcohol
at the establishment. The city of Chicago has heard the
concerns of industry and is currently reviewing the "party bus"
ordinance to ensure that the legal requirements are refined
to address the issue for which it was intended. OMCA will
continue to monitor the situation and encourages coach
operators experiencing enforcement in this matter to
consider legal counsel.

TUPUNGATO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

OMCA continues to grow its valuable association tool,
StakUp, for use by industry members to measure, monitor
and improve performance in key areas such as fuel mileage,
maintenance, safety, operations and human resources, and,
ultimately, profitability. While some companies already
measure performance internally, they may be missing key
areas where improvements can have a direct impact to the
bottom line. Increasingly, customers are looking to do business
with operators that can demonstrate gains in a variety of
areas, with a special focus on safety. StakUp provides a virtual
benchmarking platform that is accessible 24/7 and completely
anonymous. We are excited to offer this exceptional feature
to our members and are pleased to provide free webinar
demonstrations over the course of 2018. Interested operators
should contact OMCA for more information. Incentive
pricing is available, but only for a limited time.

New York Inspection Fees

The state of New York is once again revisiting the
possible introduction of inspection fees imposed on motor
coaches that pick up in New York and then travel to
another location in New York. The proposed fees would
apply twice yearly on every coach and are expected to
amount to $125.00 per coach per inspection. In 2015,
New York proposed a similar fee that was not implemented
after successful lobby efforts by coach operators and the
New York Bus Association. The fees could add up quickly
for coach operators, adding excessive expenses to operating
budgets. OMCA is working with the New York Bus
Association to monitor discussions of the proposed fees and
offer feedback outlining the impact to operators should the
proposed fee proceed.

THESKAMAN306/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Meal and Rest Breaks

Regulations were passed in California requiring coach
operators to provide "meal and rest breaks" for coach drivers,
in addition to the Hours Of Service (HOS) regulated rest
breaks. The regulations impact commercial drivers of coaches
and trucks. The trucking industry has flagged the issue as
highly problematic and the coach industry is taking a similar
stance. The issue is on the OMCA radar as we monitor
the impact of the requirement and, working alongside our
partners at ABA, attempt to ensure that other states don't
begin to implement similar duplicative requirements for
rest and meal breaks.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2018

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Less Taken
Southern Exposure
2018 OMCA Marketplace
UC Coach Lines
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover1
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 4
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 5
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 6
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 8
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 11
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 13
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - The Road Less Taken
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 16
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - insert2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Southern Exposure
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 18
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 2018 OMCA Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - UC Coach Lines
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 21
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Port Stanley Festival Theatre
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 23
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Classifieds
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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