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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
September 3, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Fall Conference
Top Rookie Contest
Driver Shortage
Diesel Price Gains
Crash Accountability
Less Driver Pay Raise
Study of Latest 34-Hour Restart
CARB's Manufacturer
Better Roads - Oklahoma
Construction Employment Rises
Clean Ports
BTS Freight Numbers
BTS Releases STS 2012
Nafta Trade Declines
Possible Postal Rate Hikes
GDP Performance Jumps
Crude Hits Highest Price
Increasing Traffic Congestion
Schneider National
News from ATA
Foley - FastFax
Wreaths Across America
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 100 
Going Back to the Beginning
  by Michael Darling

I got the surprise of my life a few years back, when the man that taught me sales gave me a call. We often talk about "making a difference" in peoples lives. Well, this is the guy that did it for me. I was reminded of that call recently when one of our former reps, that still looks for my "A Tap on the Glass" at the CVTA website ( asked why I never write about sales philosophy, since that's one of my focused backgrounds. The answer is that sales philosophy and training takes in many, many, many different styles... and mine is just one of them. The idea that one is better than another is just silly. In sales, what works for... 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 for both is September 19, 2013.
Our speakers include but are not limited to:
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 week's newsletter. 
Trucking's Top Rookie News 
CVTA would like to congratulation Kyle Lee - 2013 Top Rookie of the Year!  
Mr. Lee went to CVTA Member, MTC
Truck Driver Training
before signing on with CVTA Member TMC Transportation.

Driver Shortage: Many are Called, Fewer Are Chosen - The last capacity crunch, roughly 2004-08, is considered to have been a great time for the industry by some participants. Steve Williams, chief executive officer of Maverick USA, looks no further than his bottom line to know that the balance of transportation supply and demand again has shifted in favor of carriers, even if it's not a repeat of 2004. "The capacity shortage is very real," says Williams... Continue reading
Diesel Price Gains 1.3 to $3.913; Crude Surges on Syria Concerns - Retail diesel prices gained 1.3 cents last week to $3.913 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported, while crude oil rose to its highest level in more than two years on concerns about... Continue reading
FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability - The FMCSA has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public release. An agency spokesperson, Marissa Padilla, could not... Continue reading
Few Carriers Raise Driver Pay in Second Quarter, Report Says - A few fleets made modest increases in driver pay in the second quarter as they and compeitors refine standards for performance-based compensation and sign-on bonuses, according... Continue reading
Congressmen Urge Foxx to Complete Study of Latest 34-Hour Restart Policy Changes - Members of Congress are asking Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for a timeline for when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will complete a study on the changes to the hours-of-service... Continue reading
CARB's Manufacturer-delay Extension Deadline Looms - End-of-year compliance deadlines in the California Air Resources Board's Statewide Truck and Bus rule loom for owner-operators of 1996-2006 model-year engines. All prior compliance extensions... Continue reading
Oklahoma Innovates for Better Roads - [From DOT Secretary's Blog - by Anthony Foxx] Last Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma DOT's I-235/I-44 Interchange Reconstruction project. Thanks to my hosts U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Governor Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley... Continue reading
Construction Employment Rises in July - The construction industry added jobs during July on a year-over-year basis but saw employment dip slightly compared with June levels, the Associated General Contractors said. According to its review of data... Continue reading
Congress again considers 'clean ports' - Congress is considering for the third time in three years a Clean Ports Act, a measure that would allow ports greater control over trucks serving their facilities. If passed, the bill would give ports authority to implement... Continue reading
BTS Releases June North American Freight Numbers - The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation today released June North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) freight numbers showing... Continue reading
BTS Releases State Transportation Statistics 2012 with Mapping Application - On Friday, August 30, 2013, DOT's BTS, a part of the RITA, released its annual State Transportation Statistics 2012 - a web-only reference guide to transportation data for the 50 states and the DC. STS 2012 includes a wide range of state-by-state information. The 10th annual STS consists of 115 tables of state data on infrastructure, safety, freight transportation, passenger travel, registered vehicles and vehicle-miles traveled, economy and finance, and energy and environment, plus a U.S. Fast Facts page. In addition to the STS 2012 tables, state-by-state data can be viewed in a State Transportation Facts and Figures mapping application. Contact: Dave Smallen (202-366-5568.
Nafta Surface Trade Declines 1% in June - Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico declined 1% in June from the same month last year and fell 4.9% from May, the DOT reported. Trade among the NAFTA partners fell to $77.6 billion... Continue reading
Businesses Concerned About Possible Postal Service Rate Hikes - Private-sector businesses are concerned that the U.S. Postal Service will consider broad rate increases next month, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Industries that use mail... Continue reading
Economic Watch: Second Quarter GDP Performance Jumps - Analysts who were predicting a sharp downturn in the nation's gross domestic product in the second quarter of the year due to earlier dismal economic news got a surprise with the... Continue reading
Economic Watch: Crude Hits Highest Price Since May 2011 - Following indications the United States will likely launch a military strike against Syria, the price of oil has reached a more than two-year high. Wednesday in New York it closed at... Continue reading
Economic Watch: Increasing Traffic Congestion Points to Improving Economy - If increased traffic along the nation's highways is a accurate indicator of increased commerce and an improving economy, then things are better overall than they were the same time a year ago according to one firm, Inrix, which monitors traffic... Continue reading
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How do beavers warn each other of danger? 
  1. by slapping their tails on the water
  2. by slapping their tails on land
  3. by growling
  4. by diving under the water
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Answer to Trivia Question

How do beavers warn each other of danger?

Answer: by slapping their tails on the water

Beavers warn each other of danger by slapping the water with their tails. (Wild! America)  
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