Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 4

ON THE
ROAD | INSIDE SCOOP
A Busy Spring Has Sprung at ABA

W

e're inching our way into summer, and
motorcoach operators work with the most, and having an
it seems like we just left winter. Spring
administrator who understands transportation will help
has been so busy at ABA that I think I
with the labyrinth of regulations and operational issues
somehow missed it altogether.
that face the industry. You will want to read what Martinez
We had some great planning meetings in March for the
had to say to Destinations about the direction the agency
2019 ABA Annual Meeting & Marketplace in Louisville,
will be going in the years ahead (see "Partners in Safety,"
Ky. I hadn't been to the city since the last Marketplace, and page 22).
all I can say is ... WOW! There is a brand-new convention
There has been a lot of news lately about human
center, hotels that were not even under construction in
trafficking. The more I read about it and learn of its far
2016, new restaurants and, of course, new downtown disreach into almost any community, the more disgusted it
tilleries. It is amazing to see what's going on in Louisville,
makes me. It is unthinkable that women, children, and the
and our cover story on page 16 will show you just what
disadvantaged can become victims of this crime. ABA has
I mean.
recently partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking's
In addition to traveling to a variety of state and
new Busing on the Lookout program, which provides
industry meetings and events, the ABA staff and I have
materials for the bus industry to train drivers to identify
been busy attending meetings at
the signs of human trafficking and how
numerous federal departments and
Having an [FMCSA] to report it. Visit www.truckersagainst
agencies, including the Department
trafficking.org/bus-training to view the
administrator
of Transportation, the Federal
training video and learn more about this
who understands
Motor Carrier Safety Administration
vital program.
transportation
(FMCSA), the Interior Department,
As we move into the busy summer
will help with
and National Parks Service, as well as
months, I wish you all a safe and
the labyrinth of
meetings on Capitol Hill.
productive summer season. If you ever
For the first time ever, ABA and the
need anything from ABA, please don't
regulations and
United Motorcoach Association held a
hesitate to contact me or any of our
operational issues
joint fly-in and brought our members
that face the industry. staff members.
together to visit their respective
senators and congressmen. This was
a huge success as our united voice raised awareness of the
motorcoach industry and the breadth of the travel and
tour industry.
Sincerely,
In addition to our joint fly-in, ABA continues to meet
with members of Congress. In April, we brought some of
ABA's leadership and constituents to D.C. to meet with key
congressional leaders and committee chairs.
From the motorcoach perspective, we are excited that
PETER J. PANTUSO, CTIS
Congress approved the nomination of Raymond Martinez
President & CEO
as administrator to FMCSA. FMCSA is the agency that
Follow Pete on Twitter at @PantusoPeter

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