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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
August 20, 2013

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CVTA Fall Conference
Top Rookie Contest
HOS - End of 17-Year Fight
Diesel Rises 0.4¢
CVTA Counsel's Corner
CSA Data Issues
DoD Voluntary Education MOU
Sand, Water Haulers
Operation Safe Driver
Brokers' CSA Challenge
U.S. Bridge Spending
CCJ Top 250
Housing Up 5.9%
Overall Freight Drops
Jobs - Six-year low
DOT Secretary's Blog
Foley FastFax
Newsletter from NAPFTDS
Transportation Marketing Group
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 98
Don't Move without a Direction
  by Michael Darling

It's the holiday season here in the U.S. And chances are, sometime this season, the big question will come up: "So, Michael, where are you working now?" (Or, at least some variation of that.) If your family is anything like mine, whatever you tell them is going to translate in a number of different ways... from perceptive understanding to a obligatory acknowledg- ment because they really don't have a CLUE what you're doing, how you do it and why. So, this week I gave some thought on how to help you (and me) get past that frustration. Maybe there are some keys I can give you to surpass everyone's... Continue Reading 
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CVTA Fall Conference Dates
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The cut-off is September 19, 2013.
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Rookie of the Year
Trucking's Top Rookie News 

The winner will be announced at the on Friday, August 23rd at the Great American Truck Show.

Congratulations to the Finalists You are all winners!

CVTA Board Member Gary Strube will represent CVTA at the awards ceremony
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HOS Combatants Agree Court Ruling Marks End of 17-Year Regulatory Fight - The chief adversaries in the nearly 17-year battle over federal work rules for commercial drivers agreed that the recent appeals court decision upholding most of the... Continue reading
Diesel Rises 0.4 to $3.90 a Gallon, Gasoline Declines 1.1 to $3.550 - Diesel rose modestly after two straight declines, rising 0.4 cent to $3.90 a gallon, while gasoline dropped 1.1 cents, the Department of Energy reported Monday. Gas fell to $3.550... Continue reading
COUNSEL'S CORNER  
H.R. 3007: To amend title 38, United States Code, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, and for other purposes. 
H.R. 2942: To amend title 38, United States Code, to reestablish the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
H.R. 2961: Christopher Bryski Student Loan Protection Act
INDUSTRY NEWS OF NOTE
CSA Data Could Be Used Against Fleets in Court Cases, Defense Lawyer Warns - A trucking industry defense attorney warned that plaintiffs' attorneys will attempt to get Compliance, Safety, Accountability data into evidence to bolster accident claims that a carrier is unsafe. "If CSA evidence makes its way into... Continue reading
ALERT - Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Available for Public Comment - The proposed rule for change 2 to DoDI 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs, which includes a revised MOU containing the Principles of Excellence from the Presidential Executive Order 13607, has been posted to the Federal Register and is now available for public comments.

Please review carefully and submit comments by September 30, 2013. The proposed rule can be accessed via: federalregister.gov/a/2013-19747
FMCSA Says HOS Exception Doesn't Apply to Oil-Field Drivers Hauling Sand, Water - FMCSA refused last week to make changes to a regulatory guidance document it published last year allowing some specialty truck drivers at oil and gas exploration sites to extend their workdays. FMCSA said the hours-of-service exception cannot be used by drivers hauling sand and water. In the... Continue reading
Truckers targeted in Operation Safe Driver - Law enforcement officials throughout the North America are stepping up patrols and cracking down on large trucks as part of Operation Safe Driver, which began Sunday and will continue through Oct. 22. Operation Safe... Continue reading
Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September - Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month. On September 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear arguments... Continue reading
U.S. Bridge Spending Lags as Repair Needs Dwarf Funds - Despite the nation's efforts to upgrade its bridges in recent years, a staggering 151,500 are still labeled as deficient, the cure for which is to spend $20.5 billion every year between now and 2028... Continue reading
CCJ Top 250: Annual ranking of fleets shows 5.7% revenue growth in 2012 - Continued economic recovery and the challenges and opportunities afforded by tighter regulations and the aging of post-deregulation entrepreneurs were some... Continue reading
Housing starts up 5.9% in July - Housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 - up 5.9% from June estimates and 20.9% from July 2012, according to initial estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The growth came... Continue reading
Overall freight drops in June, but trucking stable month over month - The for-hire transportation industry in June carried 0.2 percent less freight in June than in May, according to the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, driven mostly by... Continue reading
Jobs claims near six-year low - First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 15,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ended Aug. 10 to 320,000 - the lowest level since October 2007, according to initial estimates from the DOL... Continue reading
Linking River, Rails and Roads at America's Central Port - From DOT Secretary's Blog, by Paul "Chip" Jaenichen - Modern infrastructure is a vital component of a thriving economy. However, re-building America's highways, railroads and ports work more effectively when they are integrated with each other. A brand new interstate, for example, moves freight more efficiently when it connects... Continue reading
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This beautiful dame said "Big girls need big diamonds". Who is she?
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  2. Elizabeth Taylor
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Answer to Trivia Question

This beautiful dame said "Big girls need big diamonds". Who is she?

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was born in Hampstead, England in 1932 to American parents and moved to Los Angeles in 1939. Her glittering film career has often been over shadowed by her private life, being married eight times (but only to seven men - she wed Richard Burton twice!). She has been the owner of several famous pieces of jeweler, perhaps the most famous being the Krupp Diamond.
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