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OMCA Resource Guide Deadline: June 2
In recent newsletters, we have been asking for our members to kindly update their information so that their listing is current for the 2014-2015 annual Resource Guide. The membership survey is new for this year, so it is imperative that you update your information as we do not have your previous survey information.

The deadline to update profiles for printing is June 2, 2014.

If you do not update your information then a full listing will not appear in the Guide. (Company name, contact only.)

Updating is easy – simply log into My Association, select Member Profile from the menu, and update your company description and profile.
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Coach operator charged for no 'Chartered' sign
On the long weekend, an OMCA coach operator had one of their coaches inspected by an OPP officer in Wasaga, ON. The operator was issued a ticket for no "Chartered" sign on the front of the coach. This surprised us as we have not heard of an operator being charged with that offence in many years.

PV Act Reg 982 Section 10.
While operated on a chartered trip, a public vehicle shall have a sign marked "chartered" exposed on the front. O. Reg. 254/96, s. 8.

Nine years ago, OMCA wrote to the Ontario Minister of Transportation requesting that Regulation 982 under the Public Vehicles Act be amended to strike the requirement for the chartered sign as it no longer served any useful purpose. The Minister wrote back to us, agreeing with our suggestion and said MTO enforcement officers would be directed to cease laying charges for no chartered sign and that the regulation would be amended in time. Unfortunately, the regulation has still not been amended so the rule is still on the books, and MTO's enforcement directive only applies to MTO officers and does not bind the OPP or other police services. We'd like to hear from any operator who receives a ticket for no chartered sign.

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DCP Recognized Authorities Must Submit New Training Curriculum to MTO by September 30th
As advised previously in OMCA Report and again during the MTO's presentation on DCP changes at last April's OTE, Recognized Authorities must submit their training curriculum to MTO no later than September 30th. The training curriculum must be based on the revised curriculum standards document issued by MTO December 24, 2013. RA's having difficulty understanding the requirements should contact the MTO Driver Programs Office in Downsview.
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Michigan International Speedway transforms a motorcoach for its annual Extreme Bus Makeover
When Ken Schneider of Brantford, ON, last came to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in February, he dropped off a rusty 1973 MCI Motorcoach. He recently returned to NASCAR's fastest track and was in for a surprise. Schneider placed the winning $2,025 bid in the online auction for the Extreme Bus Makeover in December. His recently purchased bus was professionally designed, painted, and decaled by the staff at MIS.
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How to create a fleet drivers are happy and proud to work for
Truck News
For someone who has never run a trucking company or been a professional driver, Mark Murrell sure knows a lot about what drivers are looking for in an employer. The president of online training firm CarriersEdge is also co-founder of the Truckload Carriers Association's Best Fleets to Drive For competition and as such, has conducted thousands of driver surveys and hundreds of fleet interviews over the six years the contest has been run.
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The GTA: Golf's next great travel destination
The GTA is the sum of its considerable parts. One of the largest areas in North America is a world-renowned tourist destination, with dozens of attractions, from the CN Tower, Centre Island, Distillery District, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and the St Lawrence Market, to all that Mississauga and Brampton have to offer.
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Forget the technology: Making sales in face-to-face interactions
By Linchi Kwok
Today's technology makes it easy for sales managers to locate and reach prospective clients over the Internet or on the phone. Consumers can also make travel plans with one click or two on the Internet. All it takes is a smartphone; travelers now can search and make reservations, check into a hotel, select an available room, open the guestroom, request for service or amenities, and check out — all without speaking to or interacting with any hotel staff. Then, why do hotel managers still bother to go out and talk to the prospective in person?
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Via head vows to fix rail crossings, restore public trust
CBC News
Via Rail's new chief executive has vowed to restore public confidence in the Crown corporation's rail crossings and has promised they will do a better job of communicating when malfunctions occur. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano told Ottawa city council at a special briefing that many of the problems that plagued level crossings in the south Ottawa community of Barrhaven were a result of failsafes activating more often then they should, and that at no moment was safety at risk.
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Investing in transit drives our cities to be healthier and happier
The Huffington Post
What makes a city great? Among other things, great cities welcome ethnic diversity, support and foster the arts, have access to venture capital to spur entrepreneurship and innovation and benefit from healthy environments that provide clean air and water. The world's leading cities also owe their success to government investments in transit systems that move residents safely and affordably using a range of solutions, from light rail and subways to bus rapid transit networks.
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Drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem
The Globe and Mail
"Open wide and stick out your tongue." This refrain may soon become just as commonly heard in the car as it is at the doctor's office. Canada's lawmakers have commissioned a study led by a top forensic scientist to explore oral fluids tests designed to detect drug impairment at the roadside. The study, now under way, is a strong sign of an impending crackdown on drugged drivers on Canada's roads.
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GTA group releases report on combating traffic congestion
City News
A group that's pushing for urgent action on traffic in the Greater Toronto Area has released its ideas on how to combat the problem. The Western GTA MOVE Taskforce calls on all levels of government and Metrolinx to work together to unblock roads, while encouraging future growth.

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Report slams Ontario's 'outdated' system for tracking at-risk drivers
Global News
The Ontario government could have reduced the potential for catastrophic accidents involving drivers with medical problems if it had been more proactive in keeping tabs on at-risk drivers, watchdog Andre Marin said.

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Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches win 2 major awards
Larry and Lorna Hundt, co-owners of Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches were presented the Motorcoach Operator of the Year award in front of a 3700 delegate convention for both UMA (United Motorcoach Association) and NTA (National Tour Association) in Los Angeles.

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Passport tracking system working
Blackburn News
A new computer program being tested at Canada-U.S. border crossings is getting some positive early returns. The Exit-Entry initiative allows officials on both sides of the border to track when a person leaves and re-enters the country through a shared computer system.
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