It’s that time of the year when motorcoach drivers and maintenance technicians can test their skills with their colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada.
The Driver and Maintenance Competitions are now open for registration. Both events will take place during UMA Motorcoach EXPO in Orlando, Florida on January 11-14.
The UMA International Driver Competition tests the industry’s best motorcoach drivers with a written knowledge test and a behind-the-wheel skills test to determine the best of the best.
Prevost and Lancer Insurance are longtime sponsors of this event to showcase the bus and motorcoach industry’s best drivers. Operators can register their drivers here.
Held in conjunction with the UMA Maintenance Interchange, the annual UMA Maintenance Competition is for those who wish to test their technical knowledge and skills against the clock and North America’s top bus and motorcoach mechanics. The competition is composed of a written exam and hands-on motorcoach inspections, both designed to be difficult and to require detailed knowledge of maintenance issues and safety regulations.
The written test will be distributed at the end of the UMA Maintenance Interchange to participants who would like to compete. The hands-on inspection takes place the next morning on the exhibit hall floor, where the competitors inspect two vehicles rigged with defects; one suspended on lifts and one on the ground.
Winners of the competition (first three places) will be recognized at the UMA Member Appreciation Dinner on Friday night on Jan. 13. The Grand Champion will take home a $2,500 cash prize and a beautiful trophy thanks to our generous sponsor, ABC Companies. Competitors must be employed by a UMA operator member in order to compete.
To compete in the Maintenance Interchange & Competition, register for the EXPO and RSVP that you will be attending the maintenance competition, then participate in the maintenance competition!
For more information about all of the awards and the UMA Motorcoach EXPO, click here.