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Don't Miss It!  Annual Meeting and Marketplace 

Deadlines are approaching to register for GNJMA's Annual Fall Association Member Meeting & Related Events:

Group Leader Marketplace Vendors, the deadline to reserve your booth is September 1st.  Register Today!     

For Meet & Mingle, Golf, Mini-Marketplace & Annual Meeting (and to order your GNJMA Gear), the deadline to register is September 9th.  

Register online or download the registration form.
Happy 100th Anniversary Villani Bus! 

Courtney Villani shared her thoughts with us: "We are honored to celebrate 100 years of bus transportation...and to think it all started with one milk truck! I am proud to continue the family business and I'm doing my best to honor the values that my father instilled in me and the bus company. We respect our customers and fellow motorcoach operators. We appreciate the opportunities we are given each day and look forward to the future as we continue to roll along."

Thank you, Courtney, and we wish you many more successful years! 


The following organization(s) joined the GNJMA since our July newsletter was published.  

Colin Lupacchini:  

In business for over 30 years, Bernhard Bus Services are a full maintenance motorcoach garage service specializing in collision work,engines,transmissions,handicap accessibility and conversions. "Diagnostics are our strong point...we like a challenge".

Doreen Prinzo:

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority facilitates economic and community development in Atlantic City by leveraging its available assets and revenues wi th private investment capital to support redevelopment projects throughout the City.
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Clearinghouse Topic At GNJMA Annual Meeting 

Danielle Smith, FMSCA, Passenger Transportation Specialist, is scheduled to speak at our Annual Meeting being held October 10, 2019 at Resorts Casino Hotel.  Danielle will share information on the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  Get caught up on the FAQ.  
Factors Tightening Motorcoach Insurance Market 

The insurance market for bus and motorcoach operators is under pressure from many sides. Many of the troublesome issues, such as tragedies encountered around the world, are beyond the control of the industry itself, said Timothy H. Delaney, senior vice president of Lancer Insurance.

So, he said, it is more important than ever for carriers to focus on safety and risk management.  Read more...  
Partial Delay of Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register July 18, proposing a two-year delay for compliance of certain provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule.

The stated basis for the delay is to allow additional time for development of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry and state driver licensing agencies.

The proposed two-year extension would delay the date by which training providers must begin uploading driver-specific training certification information into the Training Provider Registry. FMCSA indicated they were working on a temporary solution to a "glitch" in the system.

The referenced glitch would delay the regulatory requirement that electronic information system transfers permit secure communication among driver training schools, state licensing agencies and FMCSA. The regulation requires schools to transfer validation to FMCSA that applicant drivers successfully completed their classroom and behind the wheel requirements. FMCSA would then forward the certifications electronically to the appropriate state licensing agencies.

The Agency is not proposing any additional revisions to the requirements established by the ELDT final rule. Beginning February 7, 2020, training providers that offer ELDT must be listed on the Training Provider Registry.
Drivers seeking a CDL or endorsement on or after February 7, 2020, are still required to complete the required training, as set forth in the ELDT final rule.

To submit comments to the proposals online, go to, put the docket number, FMCSA-2007-27748, in the keyword box, and click "Search." When the new screen appears, click on the "Comment Now!" button and type your comment into the text box on the following screen.
Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Guide

The US Department of Homeland Security shared a resource guide on soft targets and crowded places.  They are sharing this information with their surface transportation security partners for DHS resources awareness.  There are many resource links provided within the guide that may be useful to you.
Bay Bridge to be Rehabbed - Expect Major Delay s

This fall, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin a $27 million deck rehabilitation on the westbound span of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301). As part of the two-year project, the right lane of the westbound span will close 24/7 from October to April during fall 2019/spring 2020 and fall 2020/spring 2021.  Read more...

GNJMA Upcoming Events

You are invited to attend a half-day summit sponsored and co-hosted by the New Jersey Attorney General's Human Trafficking Program, The New Jersey Motor Truck Association, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) and GNJMA.  

This summit will bring together key trucking, truck stop and bus industry stakeholders, with local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies to work together to close loopholes to traffickers.

When:  Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00am-1:00pm (lunch provided)
Where:  Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Click here to get full details and to register.


November 10, 2019 - Annual Driver Safety Meeting - Tropicana 

March 9-10, 2020 - Spring Association Meeting & Events - Tropicana 


For more information, please visit the GNJMA Events Page!

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Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.   All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal  (Member Info/Documents/Member Alerts)  with logon credentials.   Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:

  • Idling Laws & Resources
  • GNJMA Gear is Here!
  • NPS Information Collection Request
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