OMCA Report
Nov. 29, 2013

OMCA's 4th Quarter Driver Licence Status Check detects hundreds of downgraded and invalid licences and drivers with 'Code W' medical conditions
Last Friday, OMCA conducted the 4th licence status check of the year. The licence status for 47,107 drivers was checked against the MTO driver database and a report was provided to each subscriber identifying drivers with a licence discrepancy. Subscribers could then contact drivers whose licences have been downgraded or suspended to pre-empt any possibility of a driver getting involved in an accident or incident while holding an improper or suspended licence. As with past status checks (this was our 20th quarterly check) many subscribers were surprised by their results, thankful that our system caught these problems before anything happened. For the second time, the status check report flagged any driver having a 'Code W' medical condition that prohibits them from driving a bus or truck in the U.S. The next Quarterly Status Check will be February 2014.More

Bus operators to Burley: Hip-hip-hoo-RAY!
Today's Trucking
The voice of Ontario's busing industry — the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)— paid homage to a prominent member of the trucking community recently by presenting Ray Burley with the OMCA's most prestigious prize: a Lifetime Achievement Award. Burley is president of Bering Consulting and for the past two years he has worked with Davy Truck Sales of Mississauga.More

Northern Ontario tourist outfitters welcome Italian hunters
CBC News
Tourism promoters and operators in northern Ontario are trying to attract hunters from Italy. The co-host of the TV show Fish'n Canada is actually a fishing expert but, about 12 years ago, when he went to a consumer show near Venice, he received more questions about hunting than fishing.More

Toronto Pan Am Games: Opening ceremonies to be held at Rogers Centre
Toronto Star
The opening ceremonies of the Pan Am Games will be held July 10, 2015, at the Rogers Centre, TO2015 officials announced. "That's the one the Cirque du Soleil will be producing for us," said Katherine Henderson, senior vice-president of marketing and revenue, after the TO2015 executive team presented its quarterly report. More

Popular room-sharing website draws Ottawa hoteliers' concerns
Ottawa Business Journal
Airbnb was launched in San Francisco five years ago by a couple of roommates who couldn't afford their rent and decided to hire out air mattresses in their apartment to guests. Today, it boasts 350,000 hosts in 192 countries who rent rooms to eight million people a year. More

Debi Pratt wins tourism lifetime achievement award
It's been a year Debi Pratt will never forget and one that will be hard for her to top. The wine industry veteran was recognized this fall as the RBC Business Citizen of the Year as part of the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival awards and just a few short months later, she took home the tourism industry lifetime achievement award from the 2013 Ontario Tourism Summit. More

Eco-friendly benefits of GPS fleet tracking
By Jonathan Savage
The benefits of an eco-friendly fleet go far beyond improving your brand image. Eco-friendly fleets also benefit a business's bottom line. They reduce fuel and maintenance costs, improve eligibility for government contracts — which require sustainability initiatives — and future-proof against expected green regulations. While there are a number of different ways to make a fleet more eco-friendly, one of the most efficient and cost-effective is using GPS tracking technology. More

Gas prices to drop through year end
Toronto Star
Prices at the gas pump will likely continue to drop until the end of the year as the demand for gasoline and the price of crude oil go down, say analysts. And looking ahead to 2014, prices could be kept in check by rising oil production and weak demand in the U.S. and abroad.More

NHTSA announces final rule requiring seat belts on motor coaches
The U.S. DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its final rule requiring three-point seat belts for each passenger and driver seat on new motor coaches and other large buses. NHTSA says this new rule will enhance the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries in frontal crashes and the risk of occupant ejection in rollovers. More

Gardiner Expressway repairs will slow traffic for years
Toronto Star
The future of the crumbling Gardiner Expressway may remain unclear but one thing is certain: short-term repairs to downtown Toronto's main commuter artery can't wait. There are currently eight projects underway along the 18-kilometre highway: more than $100 million worth of fixes from repairing off-ramps and medians to replacing of 800 metres of actual elevated roadway. More

The little things make campground stays memorable
By Laura Weaver
We have been traveling in our motor home since 2006. Although we have not been RVing for all that long, comparatively speaking, we have camped in 49 states and several Canadian provinces, and we have accumulated over 60,000 miles on our odometer. Because we are retired, we have had the opportunity to visit several states more than once, often staying in the same campground we had previously stayed. Most campgrounds offer the same things, but particular campgrounds stood out in our minds for some reason. We wanted to stay in these campgrounds again; even driving "out of our way" to do so. More