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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
September 10, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Fall Conference
Larry Minor to Speak
Brake Safety Week
Driver Input on HOS Impacts
Back to School
Diesel Holds at $3.981
HOS Concern
Operational Costs of Trucking
Hill Update
CSA Data
Crash Weighting Plan
Social Media to Recruit
TIGER with $474M
Revenues Climb
Greenhouse-Gas - CA
Sleep Apnea
Foley - FastFax
News from J.J. Keller
News from ATA
Foley Carrier Services
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 101  
Be Thankful for the Gifts You Already Have
  by Michael Darling

It was a cool, rainy pre-Christmas Saturday morning during a California December, back in the mid 90's. I recall that particular morning as especially hectic. We had planned a party that evening for my staff and I didn't know what to expect from that! Most were people I hadn't worked with for more than a few months. Money was a little tight that year, but I'd decided to get a little something nice for them. Gifts for them, when we were struggling that year to buy for our own kids seemed excessive, but I felt it was something I wanted to do. I left for the mall early that morning, to pick up the gifts that I had special ordered. Arriving at... 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.
We are delighted to announce that Larry Minor is the latest addition to the CVTA Fall Conference. - As many of you know, Larry Minor is FMCSA's Associate Administrator for Policy. His office is responsible for strategic planning, program evaluation, and safety regulations concerning driver qualifications and training, hours of service for truck and bus drivers, and inspection, repair and maintenance programs for commercial motor vehicles. We are all looking forward to hearing about the updates from the Federal Motor Carriers Association (FMCSA). Larry will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Our speakers also 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. 
CVSA's Brake Safety Week is September 8-14; More Than 30,000 Brake Inspections Will Be Conducted Across North America - Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle operation and improperly installed or poorly maintained brakes must be kept off the road. CVSA's Brake Safety Week is a North American-wide enforcement effort that brings about a greater awareness throughout the industry and saves lives... Continue reading
ATRI Seeks Truck Driver Input on HOS Impacts - On Sept. 9th, ATRI announced the start of its second phase data collection on impacts from the recent changes to the Hours-of-Service rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013. ATRI is asking commercial... Continue reading
Kids are back to school; let's keep them safe - It's "Back to School" time, the season when the daylight hours grow shorter and our roads grow busier. It's also time to get street smart. Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young... Continue reading
Diesel Holds at $3.981 a Gallon; Gas Dips 2.1 - Diesel held at $3.981 a gallon, matching last week's five-month high, while gasoline slipped 2.1 cents to $3.587, the Department of Energy reported. The flat diesel reading followed a cumulative gain of 8.5 cents... Continue reading
HOS: House Reps Send Letter to Foxx 'Expressing Deep Concern' - Fifty-one representatives from the U.S. House have sent Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx a letter to "express continued deep concern" about the hours-of-service rule... Continue reading
ATRI Releases Updated Operational Costs of Trucking Report - On Sept. 4, ATRI released the findings of its 2013 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. The research, which identifies trucking costs from 2008 through 2012 derived directly... Continue reading
Hill Update - Sep 10, 2013 - H.R. 2730: Safe And Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act of 2013. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) introduced the bill in July. The bill would raise the minimum level of insurance required for truck drivers. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association says Rep... Continue reading
Analysis of CSA Data Finds Enforcement 'Hot Spots,' Disparities - Would a map that pinpoints areas where commercial vehicle enforcement is particularly aggressive, along with the targeted trucking regulations, come in handy for a fleet and its drivers?... Continue reading
Agency Reviewing Crash Weighting Plan for CSA Scoring - FMCSA is conducting internal and peer review on its Crash Weighting Research Plan it will release this year. The agency is studying crash accountability as an accident predictor and the feasibility... Continue reading
How Fleets Use Social Media to Recruit, Retain Drivers - Charles Duhigg's best-selling book, "the Power of Habit," the author explains a simple scientific equation of habit formation that is pre-programmed into our brains: cue, routine, reward. This "habit loop"... Continue reading
DOT Secretary Foxx Announces $474 Million for 52 TIGER 2013 Projects in 37 States - On Sept 5, Secretary Foxx announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the DOT Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. Among these, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million... Continue reading
Trucking revenues climb in first 6 months of 2013 - Revenues for the for-hire trucking industry totaled $113.858 billion during the first six months of the year, up 1.6 percent from the same 2012 period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Quarterly Services Survey. A 4.7 percent increase in revenues in the dominant... Continue reading
California Asks EPA for Enforcement Approval of State's Truck Greenhouse-Gas Regulation - California environmental regulators have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to grant the state permission to begin enforcing provisions of its heavy-duty greenhouse-gas regulation. The formal waiver request by the California... Continue reading
Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says - A field test of battery-powered CPAP masks to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council... Continue reading
Trivia Question

The first of its kind in the Middle East, this can be found in 'The Mall of the Emirates.'
  • Giant replica of a sheesha pipe
  • Camel rides
  • Indoor aquarium with real divers
  • Indoor ski slope and snow park 
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Answer to Trivia Question

The first of its kind in the Middle East, this can be found in 'The Mall of the Emirates'

Answer: Indoor ski slope and snow park

Opened in 2005, the indoor ski slope and snow park is a huge attraction for residents and visitors to Dubai. The technology needed to keep the temperature within a range of minus 1 to minus 2 degrees Celsius in the middle of the desert is nothing more than incredible!
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This week, we thank Foley Carrier Services. Please take a moment to check out their website and see what services they are providing.
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