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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
November 19, 2013

In This Issue

Congress to Hear HOS
Capacity Crisis
Cross-border Program
Diesel Dips 1¢
Be Ready. Be Buckled
Hill Update
DOT Secretary's Blog
CSA Critic
Truck Fatalities Increased
BLS Labor Stats
Primary Freight Network
Foley - FastFax
J.J. Keller
Advanced Training Systems
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The Art of Balance
  by Michael Darling

Try this experiment some time; Think about some of the most unhappy moments you have experienced, and you may realize that they all have one major element in common: You felt power- less. When I was young, I'd sometimes lose my temper. Ok, I'd OFTEN lose my temper. You lose your temper when you feel frustrated, when you don't feel that you have control over your life. I guess I felt that a lot growing up. I can tell you that in terms of controlling my emotions, I was always my father's son. My Dad had an AMAZING legendary, movie caliber, Monster sized temper... Continue Reading 

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Congress to Hear Hours-of-Service Testimony in Hearing This Week - The U.S. House of Representatives contracting and workforce subcommittee to the Small Business Committee will hear testimony Nov. 21 on the economic and operational impact of the new HOS regulations to small businesses. FMCSA Administrator... Continue reading
National Safety Agency Urges DOT Audit Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - The chief government agency in charge of investigating transportation accidents across the country is recommending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration be audited following serious questions about proper... Continue reading
Probability 'Very High' FMCSA's Agenda Will Lead to Capacity Crisis, Economist Says - The third-quarter uptick in GDP and stable fuel prices are "good news" stories for trucking, an industry economist says - but an aggressive regulatory agenda will continue to impact profitability more than modest economic gains. Indeed... Continue reading
FMCSA looking for Feedback on Latest Cross-border Program Applicant - The FMCSA is accepting comment on Road Machinery Co SA de CV's application for provisional authority through the cross-border pilot trucking program with Mexico. The carrier's Pre-Authorization Safety Audit indicated it would use one driver... Continue reading
ATRI Study Identifies Significant Operational and Economic Impacts from New HOS Rules - ATRI recently released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new Hours-of-Service rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013. The changes to the HOS rules implemented... Continue reading
Diesel Price Dips 1 to $3.822; Gasoline Increases - Diesel fuel's average price continued its downward trend, dropping 1 cent from a week prior to $3.822 a gallon in its fourth straight weekly decline, while gasoline rose 2.5 cents to $3.219, the Department of Energy reported Nov. 18. The report from DOE's Energy Information... Continue reading
National "Be Ready. Be Buckled." Kids' Art Contest - Rules and Entry Form - The annual Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest for children with a relative or sponsor in the truck and bus industries in grades K-6 (ages 5-12) runs through Friday, February 28, 2014! The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE)... Continue reading
COUNSEL'S CORNER
Hill Update - Nov 19, 2013
  • H.R. 3514: To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the authority of veterans to transfer entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to dependents.
  • H.R. 3515: To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the age limit for children using transferred Post-9/11 Educational Assistance.
  • [UPDATE] H.R. 1796: Troop Talent Act of 2013
  • [UPDATE] H.R. 919: SECTORS Act 2013
OTHER INDUSTRY NEWS
Working Together, Investing in American Transportation - [From DOT Secretary's Blog] - Yesterday, I addressed the members of the National League of Cities, and it was a pleasure to be among leaders who understand the value of investing in America's transportation. Because League members know that, last year, drivers in this country's cities spent an average of 42 hours stuck in traffic... Continue reading
CSA Critic Anticipates Changes after Legal, Administrative Scrutiny - With a pending challenge in federal court, as well as ongoing reviews by the DOT Inspector General and the Government Accounting Office, a prominent critic of Compliance, Safety, Accountability is hopeful that a change in favor of smaller carriers is coming... Continue reading
Highway Deaths, Large Truck Occupant Fatalities Increased in 2012, NHTSA Report Shows - The number of highway deaths rose in 2012 from 2011 by 1,082, according to preliminary data released this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The numbers come... Continue reading
BLS Labor Stats - The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the October 2013 unemployment data on November 8th. Click here to download a "cheat sheet" that provides some insight into Veteran unemployment
Primary Freight Network Will Help Move Goods, Economy - [From the Blog of DOT Secretary] From the President and Vice President to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, and many others at DOT, the Obama Administration is working to keep the economy--and the freight that fuels it--moving forward. From ports to rail to roads, America... Continue reading
Trivia Question - 150 Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address 

How many words are in the Gettysburg Address and how long did it last?
  • 202 words and just under 2 minutes.
  • 314 words and just over 3 minutes.
  • 272 words and just over 2 minutes.
  • 502 words and just under 5 minutes.
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Answer to Trivia Question

How many words are in the Gettysburg Address and how long did it last?

Answer: 272 words and just over 2 minutes.
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