On July 6th, Members of the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association (GNJMA) Board of Directors met with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Ray Martinez at Suburban Transit.
Available Board Members in attendance included Frank Smith of A. Yankee Line, John Coakley of Klein Transportation, Jon DeCamp of DeCamp Bus Lines, Treasurer John Gillispie of Starr Tours, Vice-President Tom Taylor of Lakeland Bus, Secretary Michelle Petelicki of Panorama Tours, Scott Sprengel of Suburban Transit/Coach USA and Executive Director, Pattie Cowley.
Ray expressed his interest in hearing from the Members what he could help, as well as a general meet & greet with the leaders. This isn't the first time Ray has met with the Association. The Board met with Ray in 2016 in Trenton requesting assistance with the issues with CDL testing and new inspection requirements. At the time, Ray was the Administrator of the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicle. He helped our Members by providing solutions including assigning a point person for us to contact to get appointments scheduled quicker, as well as organizing CDL Train-the-Trainer workshops for our Members. You may recall, we held two; one at Greyhound and one at Suburban Transit/Coach USA facilities.
The discussions focused on safety as well as developing challenges in the bus and motorcoach industry. Topics discussed included:
Our Membership appreciates the communication we have been receiving from the FMCSA, including Danielle Smith's guidance on ELD's at our past meetings and in a webinar held in May. Following Ray Martinez' meeting last week, there is no doubt FMCSA communication toward improving transportation safety will be continuous.
To get involved and to stay up-to-date, please be sure to get others from your organization registered to receive our Association communications and to attend Association meetings. October 11th is the next in-person meeting at Bally's in AC. Please click here for more information and to register.
For questions or comments, please contact:
Patricia A. Cowley
908-835-0935 x 105