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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
April 2, 2013

In This Issue

FMCSA Urged to Lift Standards
Driver Shortage
MCSAC Meeting
News from Counsel
Operational Costs Survey
Fuel Tax, Toll Plan - VA.
Cinco de Mayo 2013
Research Driven System
Next Gen ID System in VA
Trivia Question
News from Foley
News from JJ Keller
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Oz Wide Open

What does Dorothy's adventure in the Land of Oz have to do with success in life? Ok...not much, it may seem at first glance. But if you look a little more closely, you might discover in The Wizard of Oz, a parable for achievement and personal fulfillment as insightful as any motivational speaker. I had a chance to peruse the book In The Wonderful Wizard in You (Pelican Publishing, 1999)recently, and culled 11 key factors that probably not only helped Dorothy and her companions in Oz, but that also determine winners on this side of the... Continue Reading
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FMCSA Urged to Lift Standards for Training of Novice Drivers - Truck drivers and instructors told Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials they should mandate far more training for new drivers than currently required. Many of the two dozen or so speakers at a listening session here were in agreement that too many driver training programs teach only basic skills and put drivers out on the road too quickly, which is hurting the entire industry's... Continue reading
Carriers Struggle to Find, Hire Willing, Qualified Drivers - It's hard to find good help these days, and no one knows it better than Brandon Briscoe. Briscoe is vice president of sales and operations at Talon Logistics, a Sellersburg-based trucking company. Talon first hit the road in 2003, and it now has about 120 employees. It... Continue reading
The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will meet on April 8-10. Representatives from CVTA will be in attendance. We will keep you up to date on the Agenda and results of the meeting as they become available. 

Trucks Transported 59% of US-NAFTA trade in 1/13 - Trucks carried 59.3 percent of the $90.5 billion in trade in January 2013 between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, followed by rail at 14.3 percent, vessels at 9.8 percent, pipelines at 8.1 percent and air at 3.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 81.7 percent of the total NAFTA... Continue reading

2013 Spring Conference Las Vegas 
We are currently at the CVTA Spring Conference. For those of you unable to attend we will have the presentations posted on the website shortly. Please make plans to join us for the Fall Conference, October 17-19, 2013 in Crystal City Virginia. If you need to get in touch with the office please call 703-625-1584. Thank you.
For-Hire Motor Carriers Asked To Participate In Operational Costs Survey - The ATRI today launched a survey to update the 2012 Operational Costs of Trucking report. The brief on-line survey seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire carriers.... Continue reading
Commercial Drivers asked to weigh in on CSA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently launched its third annual commercial driver survey to identify CSA impacts on trucking operations, as well as driver perceptions and attitudes toward... Continue reading
Va. Governor Signs Transportation Bill to Alter Fuel Tax, End I-95 Toll Plan - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed a transportation bill that ends the 17.5-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel and gasoline, imposes taxes on wholesale fuel sales and... Continue reading
Cinco de Mayo 2013 Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign - Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many, particularly among young adults. But it is also a very dangerous night out because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Those celebrating should be... Continue reading
Research, technology, and data drive America's transportation system - (From Official Blog of DOT Secretary) I've talked a lot about how the Department of Transportation is a data-driven organization - data helps ensure we are as effective as possible when... Continue reading
DMV driving Virginia's next-gen identity system - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) is crushing every cliché ever uttered about a DMV by quietly becoming one of the most cutting-edge and strategic government agencies in the state, and... Continue reading
Trivia Question

This Roy Orbison penned tune was a big hit in 1960. Which song was this?

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Answer to Trivia Question

This Roy Orbison penned tune was a big hit in 1960. Which song was this?

Answer: Only The Lonely

This was Orbison's first major hit when it was released in the spring of 1960. It went to number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, and number one in the U.K. It has certainly stood the test of time. In 1999 it was given a Grammy Hall Of Fame Award, and in 2004 when "Billboard" magazine ranked "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time", it came in at number 232.
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