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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
August 13, 2013

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CVTA Fall Conference
DOT Secretary's Blog
FMCSA Stops Enforcing Break Requirement
Top Rookie Contest
Great American Trucking Show
Diesel Slides 1.3
Hill Update
States to Regulate Ports
Oilfield HOS Guidance
New HOS Rules Added
Federal Register Notices
Jobs Growth Signs
Fraudulent Letter
CRST Lawsuit
Swift Acquires Central Refrigerated
New Research on HOS
Image Campaign
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 96
If You Want to Play the Game, You Have to Swing
  by Michael Darling

I've got a problem. At least, I used to. Success freaked me out. I thought I wanted to be successful, but I really didn't. Oh, I'd think a lot about wanting to make more out of my life, to do something that filled me with passion and excitement, but I never bit the bullet and did it. You know why? I was scared I'd fail. Failure, to me, meant saying I was going to do something publicly, trying to do it, and then not being able to do what I wanted to do. I've always been like this, for as long as I can remember. As a matter of fact, one of the earliest memories I have is... Continue Reading 
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CVTA Fall Conference Dates Have Been Moved Back a Day 
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Wed. Oct 16 - Fri. Oct 18 

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Registration is available on-line. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, right outside our Nation's Capital. The preliminary agenda is shaping up to be a most a interesting and informative event! We will be posting the preliminary agenda in the next few weeks. 
State legislators know the value of transportation investments - [from the official blog of DOT Secretary Foxx] - When we talk in Washington, DC, about the challenge of financing the transportation maintenance and improvements needed in every state in America, members of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) know exactly what we mean. After all... Continue reading
FMCSA Stops Enforcing Break Requirement on Short-Haul Drivers - Moving quickly to enforce last week's court decision on hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will no longer enforce the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul operations. The agency is defining short-haul drivers in two ways... Continue reading
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Diesel Slides 1.3 to $3.896 a Gallon in Second Straight Decline; Gasoline Drops 7.1 to $3.561 - Diesel fell modestly for a second straight week, declining 1.3 cents to $3.896 a gallon, while gasoline dropped 7.1 cents, the DOE reported... Continue reading
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Hill Update - August 13, 2013
  • H.R. 2859: To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
  • Mexico Official Claims US is Still Blocking Implementation of Truck Pilot Program - Mexican Sen. Ernesto Ruffo, who is the president of Mexico's Senate Committee for Northern Border Affairs, said despite the approval of the U.S. Department of Transportation's cross-border... Continue reading.
INDUSTRY NEWS OF NOTE
Bill Would Expand States' Ability to Regulate Ports - Two New York legislators are pushing a bill that would allow states to regulate port trucking in ways similar to the Port of Los Angeles program that was rejected by the Supreme Court. The bill... Continue reading
FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions - An HOS guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the FMCSA said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers.... Continue reading
New hours rule violations added to CSA system - Two new violations have been coded into carrier profiles on the CSA site - safer. fmcsa. dot .gov - one of which reflects violations of the new HOS rule that went into effect July 1. The system now codifides... Continue reading
Agency publishes hours exemption application for DOD, livestock haulers - The FMCSA has published in the Federal Register notices of application from the DOD and the National Pork Producers Council asking the agency to exempt them from the 30-minute break requirement mandated by the current hours-of-service... Continue reading
Signs point to solid growth on eve of jobs report - Separate reports on the U.S. labor market suggest that the July numbers coming from the Labor Department on Friday will continue the trend toward solid improvement in employment. Based on... Continue reading
DOT warns of fraudulent letter being sent to carriers - Fraudulent letters claiming to be sent by the U.S. DOT are being sent to motor carriers, the FMCSA says. The letters are dated July 10 and are being mostly sent via fax. They appear to be from... Continue reading
Federal agency ordered to pay CRST $4.7 million - A federal judge ruled the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must pay CRST Van Expedited nearly $4.7 million. Chief Judge Linda Reade of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District... Continue reading
Swift Transportation Acquires Central Refrigerated Transportation - Swift Transportation announced today that it acquired privately held Central Refrigerated Transportation, in a transaction valued at $225 million, including approximately $189M... Continue reading
New Research Adds to Hours of Service Mix - Just as the hours of service changes take effect, here's new research on how the rules could affect operations and safety. Two academics, Asvin Goel of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and Thibaut... Continue reading
Trivia Question

In most cases should rats live alone? 
  1. No, rats are social animals and generally prefer companionship.
  2. Yes, they are solitary animals.
  3. Yes, they will constantly fight if housed together.
  4. Yes, if they have rat friends they won't want to play with you as much. 
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Answer to Trivia Question

In most cases should rats live alone?

Answer: No, rats are social animals and generally prefer companionship. Rats are usually much happier in pairs or larger groups. This is most like the way they live in colonies in the wild. There is the occasional rat, who doesn't like living with others, or refuses to accept a new cage mate after their previous friend dies, but this is rare.
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