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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
July 16, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Driver Turnover
New Safety Measurement
Construction Spending Higher
FMCSA Clarification
HOS on Hauling Animals
Diesel Rises 3.9¢
Counsel's Corner
Trucking Conditions
ATRI's Analysis
Driver Breaks, HOS
BTS Releases TSI
Driver Fatigue Management
Top Rookie Contest
1800 Trucking
Health News
Tap on the Glass
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Behavior and Diapers (and maybe some politicians) have something in common: A need to be changed.
Cleaning out my office the other day - an odd thing in itself - I came across something even more arcane or unusual than the thought of me actually cleaning anything; It was a DISC behavorial template that I worked through back in the early 90's. Yes, the 90's. I told you that I wasn't prone to throwing things away. Deal with it. (deep breath) ... hmm maybe I better read this chart again... Continue Reading 
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Driver Turnover Increases in First Quarter of 2013 - Driver turnover is pushing the 100 percent ceiling once again, according to the American Trucking Associations, as large truckload fleets in the first quarter of 2013 experienced a driver turnover rate of 97 percent... Continue reading
Feds Consider Developing New Program to Measure Drivers' Safety Performance - Federal officials said they are considering developing a program that would use truck drivers' violation and inspection data to determine whether they are safe and take corrective action against unsafe ones. In a report to Congress in... Continue reading
Construction spending higher in May - Construction spending during May was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $874.9 billion - 0.5% above the revised April estimate and 5.4% above May 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates... Continue reading
FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time - The FMCSA has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time. The old guidance said that the driver had to get written instructions from his employer spelling out how long the off-duty time would be. Under the new guidance, effective today, there is no requirement for employer instructions, either written or verbal. In a notice in today's Federal Register, the agency said the old requirement had the effect of discouraging drivers from taking breaks or documenting those breaks in their logs... Continue reading
FMCSA Lifts HOS Rest Rule For Drivers Hauling Animals - Federal regulators last week waived the rest-break provision of the new hours-of-service rule for truck drivers carrying live animals and also plan to change their guidance on what counts as... Continue reading
Diesel Rises 3.9 to $3.867; Gas Gains 14.7 to $3.639 - Diesel rose 3.9 cents to $3.867 a gallon - the second straight increase and biggest since February - while gasoline gained 14.7 cents, the Department of Energy reported. Gasoline's national average... Continue reading
Hill Update - July 16, 2013

H.R. 2210: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship Improvements Act of 2013
  • Sponsor: Rep. W. Bill Young [R-FL13]
  • Cosponsors: Titus, Dina [D-NV1]
  • Status: Has been Marked-up In the House Veterans' Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee.
  • Purpose: To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand... Continue reading
Trucking Conditions Remain Solidly Favorable - The Trucking Conditions Index, produced monthly by FTR Associates, continues to show that conditions for trucking companies in May stayed in a "solidly favorable range," says FTR. The indexes... Continue reading
Addressing the ATRI's 10  Critical Trucking Needs with Fleet Automation Software - Trucking is the backbone of our U.S. commercial infrastructure. Our country currently employs over 3.4 million truck drivers and the number is bound to increase in the next few years. Since Eisenhower first signed the interstate highway bill, the U.S. has been able to facilitate a movement of goods that has stood apart in its ability to run a modern economy... Continue reading
Agency Issues Fresh Guidance on Driver Breaks, HOS - The FMCSA is publishing Friday, July 12, a fresh version of regulatory guidance regarding driver breaks for meals and "other routine stops," as the previously issued guidance - which came in 1997... Continue reading
BTS Releases Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI); Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% in May from April - The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2 percent in May from April, rising after a one-month decline, according to the BTS Freight TSI released on July 10, 2013. The May 2013 index ... Continue reading
Newly Launched Website Provides One-Stop Shop for Commercial Driver Fatigue Management - The ATRI today announced the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program website, The NAFMP provides a comprehensive approach to commercial driver fatigue management including... Continue reading
Rookie of the Year
Trucking's Top Rookie News  

The submissions have been sent and we will let you know the results as soon as they are released!  

CVTA Board Member Gary Strube will represent CVTA at the awards ceremony.

Trivia Question

The atomic masses in the periodic table are not integral numbers. For example, carbon is listed as 12.011 amu (atomic mass unit) instead of 12.000 amu. Why? 
  1. Atomic masses are measured in real samples that are always contaminated with other elements.
  2. There is a theoretical uncertainty in the masses of atoms.
  3. Atoms gain and lose electrons easily and that changes their masses significantly.
  4. Atomic masses listed in the periodic table are weighted averages of isotopic masses.
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Answer to Trivia Question

The atomic masses in the periodic table are not integral numbers. For example, carbon is listed as 12.011 amu (atomic mass unit) instead of 12.000 amu. Why?

Answer: Atomic masses listed in the periodic table are weighted averages of isotopic masses. The atomic masses listed on the periodic table are, actually, average atomic masses. The average atomic mass is the summation of the products of an element's isotopic masses and its relative abundance (in percent). For example, carbon has two common isotopes: C-12 and C-13. C-12 is 98.9% abundant and has a mass of 12.000 amu, whereas C-13 is 1.1% abundant and has a mass of 13.0033 amu. Computing for carbon's average atomic mass: (12.0000 * 0.989) + (13.0033 * 0.011) = 12.011 amu.
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