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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
June 11, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Top Rookie Contest
TIGER Grants
News from PTDI
Counsels' Corner
Wreaths Accross America
Roadcheck Safety Blitz
LNG Excise Taxx
WIT at White House
Trucking Takes a Dip in May
Productivety Rises
Jobs Added
BLS Unemployment 5/13
News from Schneider
4th of July
Foley Fast Fax #784
TCA Scholarships
Image Campaign
Health News
Tap on the Glass
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So...Is it time for a change? Really?
Now, before you have a knee jerk reaction and quickly answer that....keep in mind that this change and potential growth involves three very distinctive steps:

1. DISSATISFACTION: Because of outer events or inner feelings, you decide your current situation no longer works for you. We have all felt that at one time or another.
2. CONFUSION: Normally, a period of confusion follows in which you challenge your old beliefs.  
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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.  
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces 568 Applications for Latest TIGER Grants - Continuing Demand for TIGER Grants Highlights Need for Transportation Investment

WASHINGTON - Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the strong demand for TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants continues as once again the number of applications has surpassed the available funding...Continue reading
This week's legislative updates include:
  • Panel Sets June 10 Markup on Foxx
  • Next Transportation Secretary Will Need to Tackle the Highway Trust Fund
  • [UPDATE] H.R. 1796: Troop Talent Act of 2013
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FMCSA to Propose CSA-Related Changes - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed Friday it will propose changes to the presentation of its safety-rankings system later this year.

The changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program are aimed at making it clearer to the public that fleets' scores are not meant to be safety ratings.

The Safety Measurement System, a component of CSA, provides the public with violation and inspection data... Continue reading
wreaths2013 Wreaths Across America Gala - This highly anticipated event will raise awareness of and support for Wreaths Across America, an organization that honors our men and women in uniform by placing remembrance wreaths on graves in veterans cemeteries across the United States.  With policymakers, military personnel, and representatives of the media, entertainment world, and pubic expected to participate, the gala will not only benefit our veterans, it will also be a chance to tell trucking's story, one of patriotism, charity, and professionalism... Continue reading
Inspectors Cast Wide Net at Roadcheck Safety Blitz -
This story appears in the June 10 print edition of Transport Topics.
By Eric Miller, Staff Reporter

LANDOVER, Md. - Driver Paul Miller sat in the cab of his big rig parked in a FedEx Field lot here June 4, chomping on a cigar and looking a little dejected as mechanics feverishly worked to repair his blown trailer wheel seal.

This was the last place Miller wanted to be - a temporary graveyard of sorts for trucks placed out of service in the shadow of a sports stadium. He said it was the first time he's been in this situation in his 35 years behind the wheel... Continue reading
Senate Introduces the LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act  -
Recently, the U.S. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to equitably tax liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the legislation, titled the "LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013" (S.1103).

The bill makes a simple but important modification in the way LNG is taxed as a transportation fuel. Currently, the federal highway excise tax on both diesel and LNG is set at 24.3 cents per gallon (Internal Revenue Code 4041). Continue reading
Congratulations to Women in Trucking - Women In Trucking was honored to be included in a White House Reception marking the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act!   
Trucking employment dips in May - The for-hire trucking industry took a bit of a breather in hiring in May, shedding 700 payroll jobs on a seasonally adjusted from revised April figures, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This reduction,. Continue reading
Productivity Rises in First Quarter - U.S. workers' productivity rose 0.5% in the first quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

The measure of employee output per hour had declined 1.7% in the fourth quarter of last year.

Economists had predicted a 0.6% increase in the first quarter, Bloomberg News reported... Continue reading
ADP Private Sector added 135,000 jobs in May - Falling short of analysts' expectations, private sector employment in the United States increased by 135,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis from April to May, according to the May ADP National Employment Report. Payroll processing firm ADP produces the monthly report in collaboration with Moody's Analytics... Continue reading
Trivia Question

"Two great tastes that taste great together."
1. Milky Way 
 3. Kit Kat 
 4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

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Answer to Trivia Question

"Two great tastes that taste great together?"

Answer: 4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Amen to that! The next best thing to Reese's cups, Reese's Pieces, debuted in Stephen Spielberg's E. T. -- Remember how Elliot left a trail of them for E. T. to follow? 
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