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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
July 30, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Fall Conference
Three FMCSA Proposals
Highway Trust Fund
Diesel Gains 1.2¢
Hill Update
Impact of Regulations
Highway Funding
Transportation Bill
FMCSA Rules on Logs
Drug Testing
Mexico Pilot Program
FBI Sex-trafficking Raids
Electronic Log Mandate
Top Rookie Contest
Opinion Piece
Foley FastFax
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 95
Burnout Time
  by Michael Darling

How can you try so hard to succeed and yet fail? I once knew a salesperson who was so successful that he failed. His sales and commissions were high, and yet he failed. He was in his office at 6:00 a.m. each weekday and left at nearly 9:00 p.m. each evening. Weekends were used to work at home to catch up on reading, paperwork, and administrative details. His unrelenting work schedule was amply rewarded financially. Unfortunately, along the way, he became a different person. He became irritable, forgetful, impatient, and fatigued. His... Continue Reading 
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CVTA Fall Conference Dates Have Been Moved Back a Day 


The new dates are:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Friday October 18, 2013.

This conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City right outside our Nation's Capital is shaping up to be a most interesting and informative event!  We will have an agenda out in the next few weeks.
DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon - The U.S. DOT has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda in the Federal Register summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of its many agencies including the FMCSA. The intent, says DOT... Continue reading
CBO Warns House Panel on Highway Trust Fund - A congressional subcommittee received a grim picture Tuesday of what lies ahead for the Highway Trust Fund if Congress and the White House do not find a way to pay for transportation before the fund is declared insolvent in 2015. That year, there will be about $50 billion in outlays... Continue reading
Diesel Gains 1.2 to $3.915 in Fourth Increase; Gasoline Drops for First Time in Three Weeks - Diesel rose 1.2 cents to $3.915 a gallon, its fourth straight increase, while gasoline declined for the first time in three weeks, the Department of Energy reported. Gasoline fell 3.6 cents to $3.646, following two increases that totaled... Continue reading
Hill Update - July 30, 2013 - Lawmakers during the week of July 29 plan to take action on several legislative items, including fiscal year 2014 funding for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), so-called government reform measures, and a student loan compromise, before leaving town... Continue reading
Employers feeling the impact of government regulations - Employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C., recently released the results of its 2013 Executive Employer Survey. The annual survey, completed by more than 400 in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and C-suite executives, analyzed... Continue reading
Congress Working on Highway Funding for Next Year - Congress is wrestling with two highway funding bills, but only one has gotten an endorsement from President Obama. The Senate will vote later this week on the $54 billion Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that would fund... Continue reading
President urges investment in transportation; Congress seeks additional revenue - Upgrading the U.S. transportation infrastructure, and paying for it, are in the political spotlight as President Obama and a divided Congress continue to squabble over the best ways to grow the American economy. "If you want to create jobs... Continue reading
Medical Groups, States Oppose FMCSA Plan to Require Daily Reports of Drivers' Physicals - 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 burdensome and costly... Continue reading
Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told - Hair testing for illegal drug use has gotten a boost following a recent gathering, but it still faces a long way to go before it ever possibly replaces urine testing in trucking. The drug screening company Omega Laboratories has been assisting the... Continue reading
Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program - A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration's pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union... Continue reading
More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says - As many of you have no doubt seen the story this past weekend, the collective efforts from all are responsible for saving these children. We are proud to be affiliated with Truckers Against Trafficking and all the work they do with the trucking industry to stamp out this horrific practice. Click to read the story
Electronic Log Mandate, Driver Clearinghouse Still on Agency's 2013 Agenda - The FMCSA still plans to publish an electronic onboard recorder (electronic logging device) rule this year that would require all truck drivers to use them. An update was provided this week in the Department of Transportation's semi-annual... 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.

Randall Reilly's Registration still Available
News for Foxx: Lead, Don't Echo - Priority One for new Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx should be this: Take a leadership role in helping the White House and Congress deliver a long-term, comprehensive highway bill. It won't be easy. Foxx's predecessor at DOT, Ray LaHood, was a former congressman-a Republican, no less-but he had little success in keeping his old colleagues focused: SAFETEA-LU, the previous highway bill, was extended more than a dozen times beyond its initial expiration date before Congress passed... Continue reading
Trivia Question

What are Lewis and Clark's full names?
  1. William Lewis and Meriwether Clark
  2. Lewis Meriwether and Clark William
  3. Lewis William and Clark Meriwether
  4. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark?
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Answer to Trivia Question

What are Lewis and Clark's full names?

Answer: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

Sacagawea is mentioned some three dozen times in Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's journals. Few of the entries refer to her appearance, her actual words, her temperament, or her feelings. She herself did not keep a journal of her experiences. 
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