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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
September 24, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Fall Conference
Cheers for FMCSA
#VetsJobsChat @ Twitter
Diesel Drops 2.5¢
Top Issues Survey
Hill Update
HOS Restart Study
HOS Study
Foxx to Defend HOS
Sleep Apnea Regulation
Sleep Apnea Bill
CVSA's New Officers
Trucking Executives - ATA
Carbon Fuel Standard - CA
Truck Enforcement Disparities
Navy Yard Shooter
Foley - FastFax
Atlas Financial Group
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 103

New Perspectives Possible Here...
  by Michael Darling

The experts say that Love, Work and Play are the most important elements of a psychologically healthy life. All are equally important and I'll admit that I struggle with this balance every day. I honestly think I've forgotten how to play. I will admit that PLAY is a dead-last concern for most of us, myself included..if it's a concern at all. Recent studies over the past 15 years proved increasing amounts of our energy are going into our work. Americans are working harder and longer than ever before. The typical adult's leisure time has shrunk from 26.6 to 16.6 hours a week... Continue Reading 
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Cheers for FMCSA - We applaud the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for its decisions last week to scrap its proposed rule on truck driver training standards and to proceed with a formal rulemaking on sleep apnea testing. In both cases... Continue reading
A #VetsJobsChat on Education as a Pathway to Employment - This Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Labor Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service will host a Twitter chat from 3-4 p.m. EDT on education as a pathway to employment for veterans and returning service members. Join the conversation using... Continue reading
Diesel Drops 2.5 to $3.949 in Second Straight Decline; Gas Drops 5.2 to 12-Week Low - Diesel fell 2.5 cents to $3.949 a gallon, its second straight decline and the biggest single-week downturn in five months, the Department of Energy reported Sept. 23. Gasoline, meanwhile, fell more than a nickel, dropping 5.2 cents to $3.495 a gallon, a 12-week low, DOE said following its... Continue reading
LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! - As a reminder, this is the last week to respond to the 2013 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by ATA and conducted by ATRI, asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The deadline to complete the survey is September 27th. Survey results will be released at the ATA Annual Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 19-22, 2013 in Orlando. If you have not yet taken the survey, please take a few minutes to respond online. Contact Dave Pierce at with any questions. 
Hill Update - Sept. 24, 2013 - UPDATE
H.R. 1412: Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 
  • Last Action: Passed Senate with an amendment and an amendment to the Title by Unanimous Consent.
  • Explanation: This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on September 23, 2013.
Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a public relations campaign, advertising in national media outlets, to promote VA on-the-job training and apprenticeship... Continue reading
HOS Restart Study Will Be Late - The FMCSA is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported. Renee Gamela, an aide to Rep. Richard Hanna... Continue reading
Congressman says He Wants to 'Restore Commonsense to Flawed' Hours Rule - Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) issued a statement this week signaling that the FMSCA will miss its Sept. 30 deadline for completing and reporting the results of an HOS study... Continue reading
Foxx Defends Hours Rule from House Criticism - Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent Wednesday, Sept. 18, to 51 House members a response letter defending the current hours of service rule and saying it is the result of years of research... Continue reading
Agency Says It Will Use Rulemaking, Not Guidance, on Sleep Apnea Regulation - In a one-sentence statement issued last week, the FMCSA said it will pursue any action on sleep apnea via the formal rulemaking process rather than guidance, as has been suggested. The statement came in response to a bill... Continue reading
House's Sleep Apnea Bill on Transportation Committee's Thursday Agenda - The House bill designed to require any FMCSA action on sleep disorder screening come in the form of rulemaking instead of guidance will be considered by the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday, Sept. 19, says... Continue reading
CVSA Announces New Officers - The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced its officers for the 2013-2014 term. The transition took place during the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Co. Sgt. Thomas Fuller of the... Continue reading
Trucking Executives Named to Inaugural Lead ATA Class - American Trucking Associations announced the first 17 trucking industry executives who have been accepted into Lead ATA, the trucking group's new program to educate and engage future leaders. Sponsored by PeopleNet, the program... Continue reading
Federal Court Upholds California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard - A federal appeals court has ruled 2-1 to remove a lower court's injunction against California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals court... Continue reading
Report Shows Truck Enforcement Disparities - That some states enforce specific commercial vehicle regulations more aggressively than other states is no secret. Some states are known for citing truckers for light and lamp violations, others for seat belts... Continue reading
Background reports on Navy Yard shooter, NSA leaker, truckers from same company - The government contractor that performed the background check on Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in 2007 and that also vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden is part of the same company that handles DAC reports for the trucking... Continue reading
Trivia Question

Other than James Bond books, what else is Ian Fleming responsible for penning? 
  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  3. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang
  4. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 
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Answer to Trivia Question

Other than James Bond books, what else is Ian Fleming responsible for penning?

Answer: Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang

Yes, the magical "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang". Not really in the same vein as Bond movies, "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang" was a story about a car that flew and was written for his son, Jaspar, who sadly died at the age of 23 from a suicidal drug-overdose.
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