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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
October 1, 2013

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CVTA Fall Conference
Truck Safety Program
Alleged CDL Scheme
Diesel Falls to $3.919
Hill Update
HOS Study
DOT Awards $63M
Sleep Apnea Bill
Fuel Consumption
Tank Vehicle Definition
NAFTA Trade up
Clean Transportation Funding - CA
Hazmat - Rail Crossings
To Reduce Crashes
Rehabilitation Act
Postal Price Hike
Foley - FastFax
Atlas Financial Group
Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 104

Practice Kaizen
  by Michael Darling

A strong organization is in the best position to protect your career in today's economic market-place. If it's financially successful, your pay- check is more secure. If it keeps getting better and better in the way it does business, your future usually gets brighter. But the organization can't improve unless it's people do, whether it's in operational savy, sales ability, computer expertise or placement effective- ness. Continuous im- provement - the Japanese call it "KAIZEN " - offers some of the best insurance for both your career and the organi- zation. KAIZEN (pronounced ky-zen) is the relentless quest for a better way, for higher quality craftsmanship... Continue Reading 
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Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown - Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight. Other Transportation Department activities will be curtailed, however. Congress had until the end of Monday to agree on a plan to... Continue reading
Eleven Arrested, Charged in Alleged CDL Scheme - In a complaint unsealed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 individuals were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud as part of an extensive scheme to let applicants for New York State... Continue reading
Diesel Falls 3 to $3.919 in Biggest Drop Since April; Gas Hits 9-Month Low - Diesel fell 3 cents to $3.919 a gallon, its third straight decrease and the biggest single-week downturn in five months, while gasoline fell 7 cents to $3.425, its lowest... Continue reading
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Hill Update - Oct 1, 2013
  • H.R. 1412: Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013
  • H.R. 3095: To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes.
INDUSTRY NEWS OF NOTE
Foxx: No Timeline for HOS Study - DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has denied a congressman's request for a timeline for the completion of a study into the FMCSA's latest changes to the hours-of-service's 34-hour restart. In a Sept. 18 letter to Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Foxx reiterated that FMCSA completed data... Continue reading
DOT Awards $63 Million in University Transportation Center Grants - The DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced approximately $63 million in grants to 33 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance... Continue reading
House Passes Sleep Apnea Bill with Ease - The U.S. House Thursday, Sept. 26, passed 405-0 its version of the so-called sleep apnea bill, a two-page piece of legislation that would bar the FMCSA from using guidance on sleep disorder screening rules... Continue reading
Fuel Consumption of New Heavy-Duty Vehicles Can Be Reduced by More than One-Third by 2025 - Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards... Continue reading
FMCSA Proposes to Clarify 'Tank Vehicle' Definition - The FMCSA is proposing a new definition of a "tank vehicle" to clarify concerns about the impact of the definition on Commercial Drivers License requirements. Under the proposal, which slightly revises earlier interpretations, a vehicle carrying multiple Intermediate Bulk Containers... Continue reading
U.S.-NAFTA Trade up from Year Ago, Trucking Benefits - U.S.-NAFTA trade carried by truck in July was up 5.3% over last year, according to the latest North American Free Trade Agreement freight data from the U.S. DOT. Trucking, which carries... Continue reading
California Governor Signs Clean Transportation Funding Bill - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 8, a measure that will continue the state's clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023, providing more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and... Continue reading
New Rule Limits Hazmat Hauler Rail Crossings - A new final rule will bar hazmat drivers from entering highway-rail grade crossings unless there is enough space to drive completely through it without stopping. Transporters of certain hazardous materials... Continue reading
Rule Aims to Reduce Truck-Train Crashes - After a nearly two-decade delay, federal regulators announced a final rule Sept. 24 that will prohibit commercial motor vehicle drivers from entering onto a highway-rail grade crossing unless there is sufficient space... Continue reading
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - [From DOT Secretary's Blog] - The 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 gives us a chance to reflect on the progress we've made and the challenges that still exist for people with disability in the 21st Century. As the predecessor to the Americans... Continue reading
U.S. Postal Service Board Recommends Price Hike - The U.S. Postal Service's board said it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by three cents, or 6.5%, to 49 cents, as a way to boost revenues for the financially-strapped service... Continue reading
Trivia Question

This herb is very versatile and is used extensively in Asian cookery. The seeds can be used whole or powdered for aromatic dishes, the roots can be cooked as a vegetable and the fresh green leaves are essential in Thai cookery. 
  1. Coriander
  2. Chervil
  3. Parsley
  4. Basil
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Answer to Trivia Question

This herb is very versatile and is used extensively in Asian cookery. The seeds can be used whole or powdered for aromatic dishes, the roots can be cooked as a vegetable and the fresh green leaves are essential in Thai cookery.

Answer: Coriander

To collect coriander seeds, cut the white flower heads whilst still blooming and hang them upside down in a paper bag. After about 2 weeks, you will have a bag full of little seeds!
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