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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
August 27, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Fall Conference
Top Rookie Contest
From Anthony Foxx
From Ann Ferro
Diesel Rises to $3.913
Derek Leathers, Werner
Driver Shortage
Traffic Volume
From FastLane Blog
Highway Use Tax Return
Research on 34-Hour Restart
Unified Registration System
N. American Inspectors Championship
Truck Driving Champion
Charges Over Test Results
Good Stuff Image Award
Child Passenger Safety Week
Wreaths Across America
Foley FastFax
Trucker Marketing
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 99
Let's Focus Now
  by Michael Darling

Welcome back... We were taking some key points from a book by Robert K. Cooper..and discussing "direction, not motion." Well, that takes an incredible amount of FOCUS, but not time .

Look at this way this way:

If you're in an open well- illuminated room, you see details and find your way around the room easily. And, if there's a steel door at the other end of the room, you see how to get there, the type of door handle and even how to open it. But consider this... Continue Reading 

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CVTA Fall Conference Dates
 Wed. Oct 16 - Fri. Oct 18
Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA right outside of DC

Please be sure to register and make your hotel reservations today. 
The cut-off fro both is September 19, 2013.
We are delighted to announce: 
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As previously announced: 
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. 
Rookie of the Year
Trucking's Top Rookie News 

Congratulations to Kyle Lee as the 2013 Top Rookie of the Year!  

Mr. Lee went to CVTA Member, MTC
Truck Driver Training
before signing on with CVTA Member TMC Transportation.

Congratulations to all the Finalists.
You are all winners!
DOT Opens Online Dialogue on Its Next Strategic Plan -
[From DOT Secretary's Blog] by Anthony Foxx -
The U.S. Department of Transportation has been working on our strategic plan for FY 2014 to FY 2018 since early this spring. Developing and implementing our strategic plan is an important step in helping the Department address key priorities that represent the diverse interests of... Continue reading
Safety is Everyone's Responsibility -
[From DOT Secretary's Blog] by Anne Ferro -
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Roadway Safety Culture Summit here in Washington, D.C. The session focused on the need to develop national safety culture, an environment that encourages people to make decisions that make our roadways... Continue reading
Diesel Rises for Second Week, Up 1.3 to $3.913; Gas Gains for First Time in Five Weeks - Diesel rose for a second straight week, gaining 1.3 cents to $3.913 a gallon, while gasoline increased for the first time in five weeks, the Department of Energy reported. Gas gained 0.2 cent to $3.552 a gallon, after slipping more... Continue reading
Werner's Leathers: Trucking's Key Tools All under Attack - The cost of each of the four fundamental inputs in the business of trucking - trucks, trailers, drivers and fuel - have risen and likely will continue to rise in large part due to the policies of the Obama administration, says Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises. Speaking at the Avondale Partners Trucking Forum in Dallas, Leathers said that the administration's environmental policies have led to more expensive... Continue reading
Graves Addresses Driver Shortage, Infrastructure Issues - The trucking industry faces a number of headwinds in the near future, said Gov. Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, speaking at the 2013... Continue reading
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Travel Monitoring and Traffic Volume
Highway Report Shows Where Americans Rack up the Miles [From DOT Secretary's Blog] by Todd Solomon - In 2011, people drove more than 84.7 billion miles on California interstate highways. That's more than 900 times the distance from Earth to the Sun, and it makes the Golden State's highways the nation's busiest... Continue reading
Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due Sept. 3 - The Internal Revenue Service is reminding owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, Sept. 3. This year's due date, pushed... Continue reading
After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill - Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the FMCSA has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to... Continue reading
Final Rule for Unified Registration System Issued by FMCSA - FMCSA will begin operating the Unified Registration System in 2015, but has set a Nov. 1 compliance date for biennial updates. The agency published the URS final rule Aug. 23... Continue reading
CVSA Names Grand Champion for North American Inspectors Championship - A group of 52 of the best of the best roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America gathered in Salt Lake City, August 19-23, 2013, to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American... Continue reading
Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms Named 2013 Truck Driving National Grand Champion - Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation driver based in Olathe, Kan., was named the 2013 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion at the annual NTDC competition held last week in Salt Lake City. Harms' driving... Continue reading
Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results - A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results. Demetri Dearth, 56, faces charges of mail fraud and false statements... Continue reading
ATA Seeks Nominations for Mike Russell "Good stuff" Image Award - ATA is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Mike Russell "Good stuff" Trucking Image Award. The award, first handed out in 2006, honors trucking companies, state associations and... Continue reading
Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat? - Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Use this toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21), National Seat Check Saturday (Sept. 21), and throughout the year. Click HERE to get your campaign materials now.
Trivia Question

Rounders is a British sport. What is the closest thing to it in the US?
  1. Baseball
  2. Llama Racing
  3. Field Hockey
  4. Football
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Answer to Trivia Question

Rounders is a British sport. What is the closest thing to it in the US?

Answer: Baseball

The rules of rounders are very similar to baseball. Only nine players are allowed on the field at one time, although rounders can be played with as few as five. There are four bases. The batter tries to hit a thrown ball. The major league baseball season in the US culminates with the World Series in which only one team from outside the US, the Toronto Blue Jays, has an opportunity to play. No British rounders teams are eligible to play in the World Series. Odd, that. 
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