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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
April 9, 2013

In This Issue

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Demand is High for Commercial Truck Drivers
News from Counsel
6900 Trucking Jobs
Carriers give mixed feedback
Manufacturing growth slows
FMCSA Will Miss Deadline for ELD Rule
Diesel Prices Fall
New inspection pilot program
Carrier ordered to pay $90,000
Idaho Truck Weight Limit
Construction spending higher
Trivia Question
News from JJ Keller
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It has been said that the only constant is change. There is one other constant, the desire to change. Yet change is difficult for most of us. New Year's resolutions often are quickly abandoned, and willpower and self-discipline offer limited assistance. So how can we create positive improvements in our health, our work, and our relationships? Surprisingly, a strategy developed to enhance the quality of military equipment in World War II has wonderful peacetime applications... Continue Reading
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April brings National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and not a moment too soon - Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death. So, if you didn't know that April is National Distracted Driving... Continue reading
Demand is High for Commercial Truck Drivers - If you've ever felt the pull of the open road, this is an excellent time to consider a truck-driving career. Trucking added the most jobs of any transportation sector in February 2013, increasing its employment by 5,600... Continue reading

Meeting with FMCSA - The FMCSA had a lively meeting today (4/8/2013), which was stimulated in part by Mark and Dr. Wentland's informative contributions on performance testing and training. The committee was grappling with the same struggle between performance based testing and minimum hour requirements. There were positive points made for performance based testing, but of course there were several voices that really want an hourly minimum of some kind. Not many agreements were realized today, and in fact the meeting contents dealing with entry-level driver training is... Continue reading

2013 Spring Conference Las Vegas 
The 2013 Conference in Las Vegas was by all reports a success! We will be sending a wrap up complete with presentation later on this week.
Trucking sheds 6,900 jobs in March - Payroll employment in for-hire trucking fell in March by the largest number of jobs in four years, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trucking companies reduced their... Continue reading
Carriers give mixed feedback on fuel economy, maintenance costs of 2010 engines - A recent survey from acquisition firm Transport Capital Partners shows carriers have offered varying opinions on their experiences with engines equipped with 2010... Continue reading
ISM: Manufacturing growth slows in March - Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in March but at a slower pace than in February, according to the Institute of Supply Management's closely watched manufacturing index. The PMI dropped... Continue reading
FMCSA Will Miss Deadline for ELD Rule, Ferro Says - The FMCSA will miss an October deadline set by Congress to mandate electronic logging devices in all trucks, according to Administrator Anne Ferro. Instead, the agency will publish a supplemental.... Continue reading
Diesel Prices Fall for Sixth Consecutive Week - The average U.S. cost of diesel has moved 1.6 cents per gallon lower over the past week to $3.977, according to new figures released by the U.S. Energy Department. The decline is the sixth consecutive... Continue reading
U.S., Canada implement new inspection pilot program - The United States and Canada have inked a deal to implement a pilot project in which truck cargo heading into the U.S. will be pre-inspected in Canada before crossing the border. The U.S. and Canada... Continue reading
Carrier ordered to pay $90,000 to driver after coercion, wrongful termination - A Department of Labor judge has ordered Cargo Express to pay a driver deemed wrongfully terminated $90,000 in back pay and punitive damages after he sued the carrier for firing him in retaliation for refusing to drive a truck that did not comply with... Continue reading
Idaho adopts 129,000-pound truck weight limit - On July 1, Idaho will permanently adopt a pilot project allowing 129,000 pound trucks on some roads and will consider permitting these trucks on additional roadways. This month, Gov. Butch Otter signed a measure... Continue reading
Construction spending higher in February - Construction spending in February was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $885.1 billion - up 1.2% from January and 7.9% higher than February 2012, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census... Continue reading
Trivia Question

This American was a seaman born in 1814 who, while on ship at sea, whittled a model of a handgun out of wood. Later, his wooden model became an actual revolver.
  1. Edward Wesson
  2. Samuel Colt
  3. Eliphalet Remington
  4. Frederic Magnum
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Answer to Trivia Question

This American was a seaman born in 1814 who, while on ship at sea, whittled a model of a handgun out of wood. Later, his wooden model became an actual revolver.

Answer: Samuel Colt

Colt died in 1862. His handgun design received a U.S. patent in 1836 after first being patented in France and Britain. The "gun that tamed the West" was not popular at first, but with the onset of the Mexican War, the U.S. commissioned 1,000 of Colt's weapons for soldiers' use. 
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