Equip - Fall 2016 - 16
By Michael McDonal
After a great summer meeting in the
Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area, the
and Repair Council
(BusMARC) moves to Cleveland
with ABA's Annual Meeting &
Marketplace! Its agenda is timely
and includes topics on the minds
of all maintenance professionals.
The meeting's theme is "How to
Maintain Technology." Sessions
will discuss 110V outlets and WiFi;
adaptive braking; AGM batteries;
coolants; data analysis of maintenance errors; and remote diagnostics and diagnostic networks.
BusMARC will spend a day on
the road in Cleveland, traveling to
Barons Bus in Independence, Ohio,
to tour its facility and see an electronic logging device installation on
a Barons vehicle. This will be a great
time to learn about installing and
troubleshooting an ELD device.
Then we'll visit National Interstate Insurance, where we'll discuss
insurance issues in motorcoach
company maintenance departments. There will also be roundtable discussions with motorcoach
and engine OEMs. Take advantage
of the small group question-andanswer periods with each of these
BusMARC's members are
maintenance and equipment professionals in the North American
motorcoach and supplier industry.
They believe in continually raising
the level of maintenance awareness
in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry through education
Membership in BusMARC is
not required for participation.
BusMARC is colocated with The
ABA Meeting to expand members'
networking, product knowledge,
and educational opportunities.
Registration includes access to all
ABA Meeting events. To register,
visit www.buses.org/busmarc. ●
BusMARC Chairman Michael
McDonal is product director for
regulatory compliance at ABA
member Saucon Technologies in
Bethlehem, Pa. ABC Companies is
the title sponsor of BusMARC.
Fall 2016 // EQUIP MAGAZINE
■ BISC's winter meeting at ABA's Annual
Meeting & Marketplace will focus on
emerging technologies. For more details
about BISC happenings, go to page 15.
& REPAIR COUNCIL
■ BusMARC's theme for The ABA Meeting
is "How to Maintain Technology." Learn
more about BusMARC's plans for the
Cleveland meeting in the article at left.
CALIFORNIA BUS ASSOCIATION
■ The association wrapped up its annual
convention on Oct. 18. Next year's will take
place at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine,
Calif., Oct. 15-17, 2017.
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
■ The annual Community Transportation
EXPO will be June 11-18, 2017, in Detroit.
■ "Ban the Box" legislation has passed into
law in the Nutmeg State. Starting Jan. 1,
2017, employers will no longer be permitted
to ask job seekers if they have criminal
convictions on job application forms. What
this means, according to Pam Martinez,
vice president of human resources and
risk management for DATTCO, is that the
question will be asked in the second stage
of the job-interview process.
■ The association has "encountered a
problem" with Concentra concerning
questions the occupational health center
asks about alcohol use. In annual physicals
or initial exams, "they're going to ask
you a ton of questions if you say that
you drink socially," says Martinez. This
is being done to try to sniff out people
who abuse alcohol, and it appears that
Concentra may require some people
to seek professional counseling. It can
cost members extra money and put the
hiring of new drivers at risk, according to
■ The association hopes to hold a training
session on active shooters in the near future
and bring in a TSA leader as a speaker.
■ The association will convene for its fall
meeting on Oct. 26 at the University of
Central Florida Live Oak Event Center in
Orlando. Topics on the agenda include
strategic safety management and working
with Florida attractions.
■ HTA's annual meeting was Sept. 15-16
at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
STATE, PROVINCIAL, AND
REGIONAL GROUPS CHECK IN
■ HMC held a regional meeting in midOctober at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
The agenda included presentations
from FMCSA and Customs and Border
■ The 2016 Annual Holiday Celebration
will take place on the water with Spirit
Cruises in Baltimore on Dec. 1.
■ The Annual Group Leader Travel
Showcase is scheduled for March
29-30, 2017, at Wyndham Gettysburg in
MINNESOTA CHARTER BUS
■ The MCBOA conference will be held
Nov. 20-21 at the River's Edge Convention
Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
NEW ENGLAND BUS ASSOCIATION
■ The next annual conference is scheduled
for June 22-25, 2017, at Sea Crest Beach
Hotel in Falmouth, Mass.
GREATER NEW JERSEY
■ The association is gearing up for its
annual meeting and marketplace on
Oct. 26-27 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic
City. "We've had a great response," says
GNJMA Executive Director Patty Cowley.
About 100 members plan to attend, as
well as 600 group leaders, 25 vendors,
and 60 representatives of destinations
and attractions. A highlight will be a
panel discussion of electronic logging
devices featuring representatives from
Saucon Technologies, ISE, and Zonar
Systems. In addition, a day for golfing is
set for Oct. 25.
■ The association is celebrating its 35th
anniversary. It began life in Atlantic City
for local operators. "We plan to have a
little celebration at the meeting," says
Cowley. "But nothing too much, because
we have business to get to!"
■ A driver safety meeting will be held
on Nov. 9, and on Nov. 17-18, there will
be two "train the trainer" sessions on
CDL testing presented in collaboration
with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle
■ The association is concerned about a
bill in the state Senate regarding thirdparty testing and privatization of CDL
testing. It hopes to work effectively with
the state Motor Vehicle Commission to
help improve the test passage rate of
■ "We are signing up new members left
and right," says Cowley. "We've added
more benefits to being in the association,
and we feel like we're going in the right
direction." The next board of directors
meeting will be March 27, 2017.
OF NEW YORK
■ BANY's annual meeting will take place
at Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown,
N.Y., Oct. 23-25.
ONTARIO MOTOR COACH
■ OMCA Marketplace is happening Oct.
30-Nov. 2 at the Scotiabank Convention
Centre and Hilton Hotel and Suites in
■ State pension funding is a "big issue" in
the legislature this fall, according to PBA
Executive Director Elaine Farrell "because
it's eating up funds left and right, and
retired state employees are making more
money than they did when they were
employed. It's really sad."
■ The "big thing" for 2017 is going to be
sales taxes, says Farrell. "We're going to
be looking closely at the proposed sales
tax on the purchase of motorcoaches,"
she says, "and we'll be working with
our lobbyist to get that removed in the
legislature's budget process."
■ The PBA concluded its most recent
training workshop in September. It
included an Americans with Disabilities
Act component. The PBA has also been
approached by the TSA to do free
seminars on security issues, with one
set for Nov. 15 in West Virginia. "I really
encourage our members to come in for
these free seminars to improve operators
and security," Farrell says. The PBA hopes
to hold one in the Keystone State in April
or May 2017.
■ A new county map of Pennsylvania
created by the PBA has proven to be
a big hit with members. It shows the
location of all members and gives their
phone numbers. The purpose? To make
it easier for one member to contact
another in the event of an emergency
■ Corning, N.Y., will be the site of a
possible joint meeting with BANY June
■ The association holds its next board
meeting, awards program, and CTIS
seminar on March 28, 2017, and a
marketplace group leader event will be
held the following day.
TENNESSEE MOTOR COACH
■ The next TMCA Convention and
Marketplace will be happening alongside
the Southeastern Regional Motorcoach
Operators Coalition Jan. 8-11, 2017, at the
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa in
WOMEN IN BUSES COUNCIL
■ For more information about this council,
see page 15.
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