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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
June 4, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Tornado Relief
Top Rookie Contest
Farewell Ray LaHood
Sen. Frank Lautenberg
Improving Truck Safety
Counsels' Corner
USA Truck's Scholarships
Electronic Onboard Recorders
Court Ruling on Felons
Diesel Dips 1¢ to $3.88
Trucking Lifeblood of Ecconomy
ATA Chairman Speach
Crash Numbers
Freight Movements in NAFTA
HOS Meeting - June
Trucking Dominates
CA Anti-truck Policy
Reducing Wait Times
NFAC Members
EOBR Survey
Pilot Flying J
TCA Scholarships
News from Foley
News from PTDI
Simulator Systems International
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 87
Don't Panic!

I have a great love and respect for the quote: "It's hard to remember you were here to drain the swamp when you're surrounded by alligators". Unfortunately, many of us work in an environment where the business is not well managed and ongoing crisis is the norm. When you live from one crisis to another it can be difficult to be strategic with the business, much less your own career. At some level we all realize that chaos is a very energy-draining situation and simply making it through the day stomping out fires is about all you can muster.  At times in my own past, I made sure I wore black shoes everyday so you didn't see all the ash on ... Continue Reading
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Trucking Helping With Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts - The trucking industry continues to help relief efforts in Moore, Okla., where last week's tornado leveled the suburb south of Oklahoma City, killing 24 people and destroying thousands of homes. So many people are sending supplies that relief agencies are now asking... Continue reading
Rookie of the Year Trucking's Top Rookie News  
Time is running out to submit your applicants for the TOP Rookie of the Year!

Nominations may be made by motor carrier employers, training organizations, the general public and/or other interested parties.

There is a standardized nomination form, which can be completed online at Top Rookie Brochure between May 15 and  June 21, 2012.

An expert panel of judges, which includes representatives from motor carriers, schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, will identify 10 finalists. The winner will be interviewed by Eric Harley on RedEye Radio Network and will be recognized during a press conference at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  
On the Go with Ray LaHood: the last episode [From Official Blog of DOT Secretary] As far as "On The Go with Ray LaHood" goes, this is it. I promised President Obama that I would stick around until the Senate confirmed my successor, and I will. But we... Continue reading
Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dead at 89 - Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a longtime advocate of tough truck safety legislation, has died at age 89. Lautenberg died early this morning due to complications from viral pneumonia at a New York hospital, his office... Continue reading
Roadcheck 2013 Kicks Off Tuesday - The three-day Roadcheck 2013 event kicks off Tuesday morning outside of Washington, where federal and state officials will begin intensive inspections of commercial trucks and buses.

The annual event, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, will have a special focus on cargo securement this year, said CVSA, which represents law enforcement personnel who conduct truck safety inspections in the U.S., Canada and Mexico... Continue reading
Improving Truck Safety Without A Single, Additional Regulation - by Dave Osiecki, ATA - Most have heard the outcome of MAP-21, the latest highway law, for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA has said repeatedly that MAP-21 requires it to complete 29 new safety regulations within 27 months. FMCSA will be challenged to complete them within that timeframe. And, no matter when they do, the... Continue reading
This week's legislative updates include:
  • H.R. 1796: Troop Talent Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2169: Veterans Education Flexibility Act
  • H.R. 2161: Assisting Students with Loans Act
  • H.R. 2150: Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs  Reauthorization Act of 2013... Continue reading
VA Education Benefits: VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students - What GAO Found
Student veterans face many challenges pursuing higher education, and problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) administration of the Post-9/11 GI Bill create financial challenges that also affect veterans' academic success. Veterans already cope with challenges transitioning into college as nontraditional students (older or with family obligations) while they are readjusting to civilian life and potentially managing disabilities. However, veterans and school officials told GAO that delays in VA benefit payments create financial challenges for veterans that threaten their ability to pursue higher education.
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USA Truck Awards 10 Scholarships - Ten students who are children and dependents of people affiliated with USA Truck have been awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year through the USA Truck Scholarship Program offered by the... Continue reading
FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue... Continue reading
Trucking Industry Awaiting Court Rulings Over Legality of Banning Felons as Drivers - Attorneys who specialize in trucking issues are closely watching how courts interpret guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that could make motor carriers with blanket bans on hiring convicted felons subject... Continue reading
Diesel Price Dips 1 to $3.88 - The average price of a gallon of U.S. retail diesel dipped 1 cent to $3.88 last week, continuing a lengthy run of relative stability, the U.S. Department of Energy reported. That was the first decline after two weeks of modest increases... Continue reading
ATA report shows trucking is 'literal lifeblood' of economy - The ATA American Trends 2013 report - issued last week by the American Trucking Associations - showed that 9.4 billion tons of freight were moved by truck in 2012, comprising 68.5 percent of all... Continue reading
ATA's Card: Costs, regulations forcing out trucking's 'first generation' - ATA Chairman and Combined Transport President Mike Card delivered a simple - though slightly dire - message to attendees of the Great West Fleet Executive Conference Thursday, May 30: Smaller carriers can't handle the increased costs of... Continue reading
Medium-Duty Crash Numbers Could be Dragging Down Heavy-Duty Stats - The ATRI has just released research findings that looked into variations in safety trends across different classes of large trucks. The study separated and evaluated a decade of... Continue reading
Freight Movements Between U.S. & NAFTA Countries Mixed, Trucking Still Dominates - A new U.S. DOT report shows the value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 4% in March... Continue reading
FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June - The FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month... Continue reading
Trucking Continues as Dominant Freight Transportation Mode - A new report issued by the American Trucking Associations shows trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by... Continue reading
California's anti-truck policies affect other states - California "seems to be the breeder" of regulations, said Bob Massman, vice president of Dependable Highway Express and president of the California Trucking Association. Speaking to attendees at the Great.... Continue reading
Reducing Wait Times at Loading Docks Can Boost Driver Retention, Survey Says - Shippers can best help trucking fleets retain drivers by taking steps to minimize delays at loading docks, a new survey of drivers found. Nearly 80% of surveyed drivers... Continue reading
LaHood Announces National Freight Advisory Committee Members - On May 30th, Ray LaHood announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, a diverse group of professionals that will provide advice and recommendations aimed... Continue reading
FMCSA Taking Comments in EOBR Survey Regarding Driver Harassment - The FMCSA has opened a 30-day public comment period on its plans to survey more than 1,000 drivers and motor carriers for input on ways that drivers can potentially be harassed... Continue reading
Two Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty Following Investigation - A regional sales director and a recordkeeper for the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J have pleaded guilty to charges in federal court following a federal investigation into allegations the company... Continue reading
Trivia Question

Now for something different. Which of these numbers is a palindromic number?
  1. 12345
  2. 12321
  3. 132132
  4. 13323
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Answer to Trivia Question

Which of these numbers is a palindromic number?

Answer: 12321

A palindromic number is just a number that looks the same when read backwards or forwards, just like a normal palindrome. There are also palindromic primes, which are primes which are also palindromic numbers. It is not known if there are infinitely many palindromic primes.
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