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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
May 28, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Werner - Employer of the Year
Sign-on Bonuses
News from Counsel
Legislative Updates
Affordable Care Act
ATA Bullish on Ttrucking
Technology & Driver Retention
Moniz - Energy Secretary
DOT Secretary Update
Loss to Carbon Tax
Truck Tonnage Dips
Lawsuit Over Safety Records
I-5 Skagit River Bridge
Quarterly Financial Reporting
Click It Or Ticket
Economic Indicators
News from Foley Services
NAPFTDS Newsletter
Randall-Reilly Publishing
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 86
Finding Your Voice

Having someone stand up for you and your business can go far to increasing sales and gaining clients quickly. After all, it worked for Albert Einstein. It's interesting to note that one of the most historic scientific theories of all time actually caught on for one reason-and it's not the reason you think. I was perusing one of my many blogs and found this fascinating story of an amazing moment in our history, over a hundred years ago...and the lesson that a small business can use today. The year is 1905. A virtually unknown scientist published a series... Continue Reading
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APSCUs's 2013 Employer of the Year Awarded to Werner Enterprises - The Employer of the Year award has been awarded to Werner Enterprises. The company will be honored at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU)'s Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. APSCU's Employer of the Year Award honors an employer who demonstrates an active, long-standing... Continue reading
Carriers favoring sign-on bonuses, performance-based driver pay - Nearly half of carriers are offering sign-on bonuses, compared to only 12 percent two years ago, consultant Gordon Klemp told trucking fleet executives today during the 2013 CCJ Spring Symposium in Birmingham, Ala. Bonuses range from $250 to $5,000 for solo drivers and $2,000 to as much as $15,000 for teams, said Klemp, principal... Continue reading

Significant NHTSA Rules Delayed, Report Finds - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made little evident progress on developing several significant rules between April and May, according to a report released May 13, but the agency's chief urged patience in the interest of ensuring effective action... Continue reading.

This week's legislative updates include:
  • H.R. 1911: Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act  
  • H.R. 1979: Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act  
  • H.R. 1412: Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 
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Affordable Care Act bringing sweeping healthcare changes for carriers - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - often referred to as "Obamacare" - was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Many businesses held out hopes that the... Continue reading
ATA's Costello bullish on trucking's long-term fortunes - Choppy growth remains the primary characteristic of the U.S. economy at the moment, but that hides a lot of potential that before long could lead to an accelerated recovery and sustained boom in... Continue reading
Technology Can Boost Driver Retention Through Improved Training, Exec Says - Existing driver training programs can be improved through management software and give carriers an edge in cutting turnover rates, the director of driver training... Continue reading
Moniz Sworn in as Energy Secretary - Ernest Moniz was sworn in as Secretary of Energy, less than a week after the Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama's nomination of the former Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist. Moniz replaced... Continue reading
DOT Secretary Update from May 23rd, 2013 - One year after White House Digital Government Strategy, DOT putting safety information in consumers' hands - On May 23, 2012, President Obama launched a comprehensive Digital Government Strategy aimed at delivering better services to the American people. The Strategy is built on a simple idea: that all Americans should be able to access information from their government... Continue reading
Report shows trucking would suffer large economic loss to carbon tax - A report issued this week by the Congressional Budget Office says a carbon tax would cause industries that use much energy - like transportation - to "experience comparatively... Continue reading
ATA: Truck tonnage dips in April - The ATA's advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.2% in April to an index level of 123.2 after rising 0.9% in March. The base year for the index is 2000. Compared with April 2012, the SA index was up... Continue reading
OOIDA Files Second Lawsuit Against FMCSA Over Safety Records - The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the FMCSA regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process. The... Continue reading
LaHood Announces $1 Million in Immediate Funding for I-5 Skagit River Bridge in Washington - On May 24th, LaHood announced he is making $1 million in federal emergency funds immediately available to Washington State to help repair the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed. "We are doing everything... Continue reading
Agency Wants to Eliminate Quarterly Financial Reporting - The FMCSA proposed a rule May 24 to eliminate the requirement of certain for-hire motor carriers to submit quarterly financial reports to the agency, which will remove an estimated 200... Continue reading
Night and day, Click It Or Ticket seat belt campaign has one goal: your safety - In 2010, if everyone age 5 and older in a passenger vehicle had worn seat belts, 3,341 lives could have been saved. That's according to the latest Safety In Numbers... Continue reading
Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Mixed, Home Sales Heading Higher - A first look one economic indicator shows improvement in one area of durable goods while conditions lag in another - but some analysts say this part of... Continue reading
Trivia Question

How did the notorious 'Red BARON' die?
  1. Shot during aerial combat
  2. Murdered by jealous associates
  3. Committed suicide when the war was lost
  4. In prison after the war ended  
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Answer to Trivia Question

How did the notorious 'Red BARON' die?

Answer: Shot during aerial combat

Baron Von Richthofen was flying at a low altitude and is believed to have been shot from the ground. He managed a controlled landing but died minutes later.
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