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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
December 17, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Spring Conference
Wreaths Across America
Diesel Down to $3.871
Smith & Solomon
Driver Turnover Dips
Trucks Moved $10 Trillion
Diesel to Decline
North Pole
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
50% Drug Testing
Flawed Safety Data
Electronic Logging
NAFTA Trade up 5%
St. Christopher Fund
Propane Shortage - MN
Diesel Shortage - ND
NAPFTDS - Learning Curve
Foley - FastFax
PTDI Webinar
Reminder - CDL/Med Merger
Be Ready. Be Buckled
Randall Reilly Publishing
Thank You from TAT
Decorate A Vet
Winter Driving Tips
Office Address Change
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 114

Sticking with It
by Michael Darling

When you look at the superachievers who made it to the top of their profession, it seems easy to see why they're so successful - they appear powerful, talented, well respected, intelligent, and often adored by many. What's easy to forget is that many of them started with a dream and very little else. Luck, talent, inherited wealth, and/or the right connections don't hurt, but it takes a much rarer quality to ensure success - perseverance. The next time you're tempted to throw in the towel, remember these... Continue Reading 

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- Mark Your Calendars -
CVTA Spring Conference will be in Saint Petersburg, FL on April 23-25, 2014 at the Hilton Saint Petersburg Bayfront
Trucking helps Wreaths Across America Lay Record Number of Wreaths for Fallen Heroes - Every headstone has a story - That was the message delivered by Karen Worcester as she stood before thousands of volunteers who gathered to lay remembrance wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14. She also expressed appreciation to those who have made her family's attempt to... Continue reading
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Diesel Dips Again, Down 0.8 to $3.871; Gas Drops 3 - Diesel slid less than a penny for a second straight week, declining 0.8 cent to $3.871 a gallon, while gasoline fell 3 cents in its third straight drop, the Department of Energy reported Dec. 16... Continue reading
MEMBER'S IN THE NEWS
Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training's COO, John Diab announced as new chairman of CVTA - The CVTA held their fall 2013 conference last month in Washington, D.C. where the announcement that John Diab, COO of Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training will sit as their new Board of Directors Chairman... Continue reading
OTHER INDUSTRY NEWS
Truckload Driver Turnover Dips - Large-Fleet Churn Still Tops 90% for 7th Qtr. - Driver turnover ticked downward at truckload carriers during the third quarter but remained at relatively high levels, ATA reported last week. ATA said turnover at large truckload fleets slipped 2 percentage points to 97% and that at smaller fleets it... Continue reading
Trucks Moved a Whopping 70 Percent - $10 Trillion - of Nation's Goods in 2012 - More than 70 percent of both the value and the weight of the freight moved in the 2012 calendar year trekked via truck, according to the DOT. Of the $13.6 trillion worth of goods... Continue reading
Diesel's Average to Decline Next Year, DOE Says - Diesel fuel's average price will drop 15 cents next year to $3.77 a gallon from this year's projected $3.92 average, the Department of Energy said Dec. 10. This year's projected price is near its current... Continue reading
North Pole a Hub of Aviation Activity This Season - While winter weather continues to disrupt work, school, and travel in many parts of the country, the busy folks at the North Pole are taking it in stride. Whether it's readying the launch of three navigation... Continue reading
This Holiday Season, a Simple Lifesaving Message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - [From DOT Secretary's Blog] - This is traditionally a season for giving, for selflessness. And I can't think of anything more antithetical to that spirit--anything more selfish--than drinking, getting behind the wheel, and risking not just your... Continue reading
Fleets Must Keep Drug Testing 50% of Drivers, DOT Orders - The U.S. DOT announced that fleets must again randomly drug test the urine of at least half their drivers during 2014. DOT, which issued the mandate Dec. 5, is still compiling drug-test results for 2012. Trucking's positive test rate in 2011 was 0.9%, the lowest since... Continue reading
Flawed Safety Data Penalizing Many Fleets Under CSA Program, ATA Report States - Flawed data and methodology used in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program have created "tens of thousands" of statistical anomalies, according to an American Trucking Associations white paper released last week... Continue reading
Electronic Logging Device Rule Still Expected by Year's End, OMB Still Reviewing - Progress has slowed on proposals to mandate electronic logging devices and to prohibit coercion of truckers, which had been expected to clear another hurdle by now... Continue reading
NAFTA Trade up 5 Percent Year over Year in September, Truck Trade Dominates - The amount of freight transported between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 5 percent higher in September of... Continue reading
The St. Christopher Fund to Accept Applications for the TBS Factoring Service Trade School Scholarship. Click to read its Press Release. Click to Download Application
Minnesota Governor Issues Executive Order Due to Propane Shortage - Whereas, due to the late maturing of the corn crop in Minnesota and across the Midwest, the propane... Continue reading
North Dakota Governor Issues Executive Order Due to Diesel Fuel Shortage - Whereas, the people of North  Dakota have been faced with colder-than-normal temperatures leading to... Continue reading
Reminder: PTDI Webinar - Thu. Dec. 19 - From Classroom to Finishing Program: Communication Skills for Effective Driver Training - Attracting people to training schools is the first step in recruiting new drivers to our industry... Continue reading
Reminder: CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near - An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do... Continue reading
Reminder: "Be Ready. Be Buckled." Art Contest Now Accepting Entries - It's no secret that seat belts save lives. They save lives in passenger vehicles, and they save lives in large trucks. But they can only save lives when... Continue reading.
Trivia Question - Name the Eight Reindeer.
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Answer to Trivia Question - Name the Eight Reindeer.

Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Donner, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen

And the most famous of all Rudolph!

Can't get enough of it? Click to read more Christmas trivia from Buzzle
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CVTA was proud to participate this year in the Decorate A Vet Program
Winter Driving Tips - Before You Hit The Road - Whatever your winter travel plans are, take time to cruise this interactive safety landscape to reveal tips and friendly reminders on safe driving measures to get to your destination safely... Continue reading
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