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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
July 23, 2013

In This Issue

Truck Insurance Up 500%
FMCSA Medical Data
Secretary of Labor - T. Perez
EPA Admin - Gina McCarthy
Diesel Rises 3.6¢
Hill Update
Fatigue Management
$109 a Barrel - Oil
Inventories leaner in May
Brokers Sue FMCSA
Pilot Flying J Lawsuits
Paschall Truck Lines
Top Rookie Contest
Citizens Driver Award
Opinion Piece
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 94
On the Road to Success
 
I was researching information for an article on goal setting recently, which started after a discussion with one of our newer Admissions reps.  Inspiration comes from all sides if you're open to it and you let it find you.  The conversation struck a note and I went home that night with this column in my mind already. Well, I didn't realize what I was starting until I started digging a bit.  It's fair to say that there is an overwhelming amount of information and opinion on the internet about goal setting importance, as well as how to do it, when to do it, who to do it too and when you should do it to yourself.  Whole websites are devoted to it and you can pay thousands of dollars to a motivational trainer to show you how, when, who and why.   My goal here is to save you a little surfing time and a chunk of... Continue Reading 
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HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500% - On Friday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as "SAFE HAUL... Continue reading
Officials Object to FMCSA Medical Data Proposal - Medical professionals and state driver licensing agencies objected to a proposal to require daily updates of commercial drivers' physical exam information, telling federal regulators the system would be... Continue reading
Thomas E. Perez was confirmed as Secretary of Labor by the Senate on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by a vote of 54-46. - Mr. Perez served as Maryland's secretary of labor from 2007 to 2009, before becoming assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights.  During confirmation hearings before the panel, Mr. Perez said his priorities at the agency would include reducing unemployment and enforcing wage and hour laws.
Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator - The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency news services reported. Gina McCarthy was confirmed as EPA's administrator by a 59-40 vote, the Associated Press reported. McCarthy has headed EPA's air pollution... Continue reading
Diesel Rises 3.6 to $3.903 in Third Gain - Diesel rose 3.6 cents to $3.903 a gallon, its third straight weekly increase, while gasoline rose for a second week, the Department of Energy reported. Gasoline gained 4.5 cents to $3.684 a gallon, following last week's 14.7... Continue reading
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Hill Update - July 23, 2013
  • DH.R. 2637: Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act
  • H.R. 2610: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
  • S. 1243: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations
INDUSTRY NEWS OF NOTE
FMCSA Collaborates with Transport Canada and Others to Launch Interactive Driver Fatigue Management Tool - Anne Ferro, Administrator of the U.S. DOT's FMCSA and Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP), a website that provides training and education on commercial bus and truck driver fatigue... Continue reading
New Report Finds States Stepping Up Efforts to Combat Distracted Driving - With 50 percent of the U.S. adult population now owning smartphones and the wireless industry reporting a subscription penetration rate of 102.2 percent, today the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released its second look... Continue reading
Oil Pushes Past $109 a Barrel - Oil rose to more than $109 a barrel early Friday after finishing over $108 Thursday for the first time in 16 months, Bloomberg News reported. Crude futures rose almost $1 to $109.02... Continue reading
image Inventories leaner in May - The ratio of inventories to sales throughout the U.S. economy dipped to 1.29 on a seasonally adjusted basis in May from 1.3 in April, according to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data.  Sales throughout the economy were up 1.1% while... Continue reading
Broker organization sues FMCSA to block bond increase - The Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents is suing the FMCSA over a substantial hike in the broker bond requirement. The FMCSA requires a $10,000 surety bond or trust... Continue reading
Class Action Settlement Reached Over Pilot Flying J Lawsuits - Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has reached a multi-million dollar settlement agreement with some of the trucking companies that filed suit against it alleging the company cheated them... Continue reading
CVTA NEWS   
CVTA is delighted to welcome Paschall Truck Lines to the CVTA Membership as a Carrier Member.
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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.

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Reminder Applications Still being Accepted    

This award recognizes professional drivers who earn public respect for our industry through good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness, and leadership! 
   
OPINION PIECE
Greg FultonTrucking Remains a Force for Change - It frustrates me when I hear people make statements about trucking and professional truck drivers as being somewhat behind the times or unwilling to change. The fact is, the trucking  industry is one of the most innovative and dynamic sectors in our country, and its companies and professionals have been leaders for change in many areas... Continue reading
Trivia Question

We're about 100 km south of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory near a natural landmark which the Aboriginals believe to be 'mythical'. Where are we?
  1. Diarama Village
  2. Devil's Marbles
  3. Donnybrook
  4. Dwellingup
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Answer to Trivia Question

We're about 100 km south of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory near a natural landmark which the Aboriginals believe to be 'mythical'. Where are we?

Answer: Devil's Marbles

Near Wauchope, the Devil's Marbles is a spectacular mass of boulders, piled one on top of another. Aboriginal legend says that the granite boulders are eggs laid by the mythical 'Rainbow Serpent'. 
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