CBA distributing free masks to Southwest operators

The California Bus Association (CBA) is stepping up to help operators and their frontline employees by distributing free masks. 

The reusable and washable cloth facial coverings were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The agency is working with state motorcoach association locations to assist in making the free masks widely available for delivery or pickup. 

The CBA is assisting with distribution of the masks to operators throughout California, as well as in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. 

The masks are intended for use by motorcoach drivers, mechanics, support personnel, and other frontline employees in an operator’s business. They are not for distribution to passengers.

CBA is offering these masks to members and non-members alike. The organization is also offering complimentary membership through the end of 2020. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association has been hard at work for the industry to obtain support that benefits all operators. This includes:

  • Requesting a six-month extension of existing or upcoming DMV registrations for each bus.
  • Requesting an extension of three years from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on the existing rule that requires a 2023 deadline for many motorcoaches to be phased out of service. This affects any operator that travels into California.
  • Requesting changes to improve School Pupil Activity Bus (SPAB) testing, as well as extending commercial licenses to be valid for seven years.
  • Requesting the California Department of Education to accept virtual training for classroom credit. This change has already been implemented.
  • Weekly Town Halls with legislative members and regulatory agencies to gain support of these and other initiatives.

Membership is available to any operator with valid operating authority from the FMCSA and current insurance coverage. Proof of insurance will be required to confirm membership. 

Visit this link to order the free masks. Recipients must pay shipping and handling fees.

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