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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
April 30, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Mike O'Connell
Foxx to DOT Secretary
CDL & Permit
TCA 75th Anniversary
News from Counsel
FMCSA Eases CDL Clutter
In-Vehicle Distractions
Diesel Declines
MCSAP awards
Tonnage Higher in March
Speed Limit Bill - IL
Voice-To-Text Apps
News from Foley Services
News from ATA
J Smith & Lanier
Health News
Tap on the Glass
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But He's Got a Great Personality

As you may remember, I'm an avid reader of books and blogs and articles of all types. I'm amazed how articles on "The Fundamentals of Thermodynamics" or "How to Sabotage the Ass in the Next Cubicle" can both provide snippets of information that can be massaged into something of value. For instance, have you ever picked up a book on organization and thought, "Wow, this person is kind of over the top"? Or maybe your thoughts were a bit more along the lines of, "Aaarrg, don't come near me with your labeler!" Yes, me too... Continue Reading
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Farewell to a Special Friend - Mike O'Connell
The O'Connell family wishes to extend their thanks for all the cards, emails, prayers and good wishes. Ryan and Kari especially appreciated hearing about the many accomplishments of their father.

Mike's funeral was held on Saturday, April 27th. CVTA was well represented by Lou Spoonhour and Brad Bentley, who spoke of our affection and gratitude for all Mike did for CVTA as an Executive Director and of his support and friendship to all.

In true Mike form below is the prayer card handed out at the Funeral Home: 
  In Loving Memory 
Kevin "Mike" O'Connell 
September 2, 1950 
April 20, 2013 
"You may say I'm a dreamer... 
But I'm not the only one... 
I hope someday you'll join us, 
And the world will live as one." 
- Imagine by John Lennon
Obama to Nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx to DOT Secretary - President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, news sources are reporting. Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who has said he would serve until a successor is confirmed. Foxx, 41, is considered a rising political star. Politico named him one of "50 to watch" after his successful bid to bring the 2012 Democratic National Convention to Charlotte. Foxx was elected mayor in 2009. Since then he has pushed to expand public transit, helped develop a new inland port and worked on a new runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. "As mayor of one of America's most vibrant cities, Anthony Foxx knows firsthand... Continue reading
FMCSA Recognizes Date Discrepancy in Commercial Driver's License Testing and Permit Standards Rule - On March 25th AAMVA published a notice regarding the FMCSA amendment to its Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards rule. AAMVA noted that there was a discrepancy... Continue reading
For its 75th anniversary, the Truckload Carriers Association produced a video chronicling TCA's and trucking's history. It was shown at TCA's 75th annual convention in Las Vegas in March 2013. Watch Video

White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing - Andrew Dye was able to attend the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing this Monday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The forum discussed the... Continue reading

US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation System - David Goch and Andrew Dye attended the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation at the Rayburn House office building. It was the first meeting of the panel, and it appeared all sides were deeply interested in... Continue reading

FMCSA Eases CDL Clutter - The FMCSA is doing some housecleaning on its commercial license rule. The rule now requires both states and drivers to report an out-of-state traffic conviction to the driver's home state. The agency, as part of an ongoing effort to... Continue reading
U.S. DOT Releases Guidelines to Minimize In-Vehicle Distractions - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released distraction guidelines that encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk connected to electronic devices... Continue reading
Diesel Declines for Ninth Week, Falling 3.6 to $3.851; Gas Dips 1.6 - Diesel fell for the ninth straight week, dropping 3.6 cents to $3.851 per gallon, the Department of Energy reported Monday. The decline left trucking's main fuel at its lowest level since it was... Continue reading
What this year's MCSAP awards say about national enforcement priorities - FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro presented the annual Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Leadership Awards to state commercial-vehicle enforcement agencies at the... Continue reading
ATA: Truck tonnage higher in March - The American Trucking Associations said that its advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.9% month to month in March after decreasing 0.7% in February. Tonnage has now... Continue reading
AAA Urging Illinois Lawmakers to Strike Down Speed Limit Bill - The American Automobile Association urges Illinois legislators to vote no on SB 2356, which would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois' roadways. The bill has already passed through the Illinois Senate and awaits a full vote by the Illinois House... Continue reading
Voice-To-Text Apps Offer No Driving Safety Benefit; As With Manual Texting, Reaction Times Double - Texting drivers may believe they're being more careful when they use the voice-to-text method, but new research findings suggest that those applications offer no real safety advantage over manual texting... Continue reading
Trivia Question

Who invented the catchphrase: 'All for one, and one for all'?

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We need your help to stay current! Whenever there is a press event, or you contact your federal, state or local officials, be sure to send a copy to the CVTA office. You can call Cindy Atwood at 703-642-9444, email or fax 703-642-3334. We are stronger standing together than alone!
Answer to Trivia Question

Who invented the catchphrase: 'All for one, and one for all'?

Answer: Alexander Dumas

Alexander Dumas senior is the author of The Three Musketeers
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