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The Week in Review

Happy National Transportation Week! May 12 - 18 

Commercial Vehicle Training Association
May 14, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Medical Examiner's Certification
News from Counsel
Student Loan Debacle
Private Loans
Nat'l Transportation Week
Diesel price rises
Teens And Trucks
Innovators in Transportation
Highway Construction Season
Unsafe Driving Behaviors
Diesel Price Projections
Cross-border Trucking
First TA in RI
DOT Hosting a Public Hearing
Texting while driving
News from Foley Services
J.J. Keller
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 84
It's All an Act

Constantin Stanislavski, a world famous director, wrote a well-known book called An Actor Prepares. This great book, in addi- tion to being one of the best for the profession of acting, is also a fascinating book for salespeople. Surprisingly the book describes many useful techniques for improving sales per- formance. Stanislavski advised actors to add more life to the characters on stage by acting "as if" their imagined role were real. One of his key methods for adding more life to the character lies in the... Continue Reading
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FMCSA Proposes Rule on Medical Examiner's Certification Integration - FMCSA proposes to require certified medical examiners (MEs) performing physical examinations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to use a newly developed Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875, in place of the current MER Form and to use Form MCSA-5876 for the medical examiner's certificate (MEC). Click for more information
  • S. 922: Veterans Equipped for Success Act of 2013
  • S. 863: Veterans Back to School Act of 2013
  • H.R. 1716: Earnings Contingent Education Loans Act of 2013
  • H.R. 562: VRAP Extension Act of 2013
  • H.R. 631: Servicemembers' Choice in Transition Act of 2013
  • H.R. 1316: To amend title 38, United States Code, to specify the responsibilities of the Directors and Assistant Directors of Veterans' Employment and Training.
  • H.R. 1924: To reinstate year-round Federal Pell Grants under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • H.R. 1946: To amend the Federal Direct Loan Program under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for student loan affordability, and for other purposes.
The Ongoing Student Loan Debacle by Stuart Bowman, COO, Paramount Capital Group - Editor's note: The views and opinions expressed in CVTA editorials do not necessarily represent those of the CVTA, its board, or its membership. - The issue of "private student lending" appears to be gaining more and more notoriety these days, and my concern is that there's a LOT of confusion on what a private student loan really is in the first place. Heck, I'm not 100% sure myself, which is why this is an editorial/opinion piece that, like network pundit commentary, doesn't really need hard facts to back it up. Here's the thing; it's great press to trot out an attractive 26-year old woman who's struggling to find a job as a lawyer, and who's... Continue reading
No Easy Answer on Private Loans - A federal agency released a report Wednesday examining ways to help borrowers of private student loans, but the agency made few clear-cut recommendations on helping borrowers refinance private loans or lower monthly... Continue reading
This National Transportation Week, celebrate America's opportunity network - Our national transportation system gets you where you need to go and even gives you choices for getting there. Need to get to work? Many of us can drive, ride rail or bus transit, bike, or walk. Traveling for business? Add flying or intercity... Continue reading
Diesel price rises in DOE's 1,000th week of data - Diesel prices rose 2.1 cents a gallon during the week ended May 13, halting at 10 weeks the recent string of weekly decreases. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, the... Continue reading
New "Teens And Trucks" curriculum offers simple, important safety lesson - The tractor trailers, motorcoaches, and other large commercial motor vehicles on America's roadways play a vital role in our nation's economy.They use our roadways the same as any personal vehicle, but because of their size, shape, and handling... Continue reading
White House Champions of Change features tech innovators in transportation - As we look forward to this week's National Transportation Week, it was great to kick-off the celebration a few days early with a White House Champions of... Continue reading
DOT asks drivers to use caution during highway construction season - As highway construction shifts into high gear, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is calling on drivers to protect road workers by driving carefully in work zones... Continue reading
American Trucking Associations Vice Chairman asks CVSA to focus on unsafe driving behaviors - In a speech to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), American Trucking Associations (ATA) Vice Chairman Phil Byrd thanked law enforcement... Continue reading
Energy department downwardly revises diesel price projections - The Department of Energy is now predicting that the average national price of a gallon of diesel fuel in the U.S. in 2013 will be $3.92, a 5-cent drop from 2012s price and a downward revision... Continue reading
Cross-border trucking pilot program heads back to court - Though a federal court ruled just three weeks ago in favor of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico, a different panel of judges heard ... Continue reading
TravelCenters of America Opens First TA in Rhode Island - TravelCenters of America announced the acquisition and rebranding of the only travel center in the state of Rhode Island. The newest TA travel center is located in West Greenwich... Continue reading
U.S. DOT Hosting Truck Size and Weight Input Session - The U.S. DOT has set a public hearing for May 29to get input for its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study. The current federal highway funding authorization, known as... Continue reading
Study: Texting while driving now leading cause of death for teen drivers - Texting while driving has become a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teenagers who openly acknowledge sending and reading text messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The number of teens who are dying or being injured as... Continue reading
Trivia Question

What is the nickname of the Clydesdale?
  1. The Super Mover
  2. The Showy One
  3. The Big Hoof
  4. The Gentle Giant
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Answer to Trivia Question

What is the nickname of the Clydesdale?

Answer: The Gentle Giant

The Clydesdale gets its nickname because it is so gentle for its large size.
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