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J. J. Keller announces three new online interactive training programs

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Neenah, WI – J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.® has launched three new interactive online training courses – Hazmat Endorsement Practice Test, Cargo Securement: Dry Vans and Hours of Service Canada. These self-paced training courses are available anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection, tailoring the training experience to the user’s availability.

The Hazmat Endorsement Practice Test helps drivers prepare for the Hazmat Endorsement CDL test. It includes questions that closely mimic the actual test and explanations for incorrect responses. It features randomized questions that eliminate memorization and enhance learning.

Cargo Securement Dry Van features up-to-date training for dry van cargo securement based on the regulations and industry best practices. The course covers the key concepts and regulations for the loading and securing of all types of cargo in dry vans. This course is also available on CD-ROM.

HOS Canada features up-to-date training that helps drivers operating in Canada comply with Canadian Hours of Service requirements. It covers key concepts and practices including the hows and whys of Canada’s HOS regulations, along with topics including daily maximums, off-duty requirements, and weekly cycles. The course also features practical exercises that outline the rules and procedures and animated logging examples and worksheets that take drivers through the completion process.
To enroll in these courses, visit jjkeller.com/102477.

About J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.®
Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.® has grown to become the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,200 associates strong, J. J. Keller serves over 350,000 customers — including 90% of the Fortune 1000. The company's subject matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics and its diverse solutions include interactive and online training, online management tools, managed services, advisory services, publications, forms and supplies.

J. J. Keller helps transportation professionals build a smarter compliance program through its vast selection of transport-specific products and services, from E-logs and mobile technology to on-demand training and fleet management systems. For more information, visit visit jjkeller.com.
For more information, contact:
Mary Borsecnik
Corporate Marketing Communications Specialist
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.®
1-800-843-3174, ext. 7050
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Trucks Transported 59% of US-NAFTA trade in 1/13

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Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 03/27/2013 11:00 AM EDT
BTS 14-13
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Contact: Dave Smallen
Tel: 202-366-5568
 
BTS Releases North American Trade Numbers by Mode of Transportation for January

Releases now include air and vessel information in addition to surface transportation; trucks transported 59% of U.S.-NAFTA trade in January 2013

Trucks carried 59.3 percent of the $90.5 billion in trade in January 2013 between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, followed by rail at 14.3 percent, vessels at 9.8 percent, pipelines at 8.1 percent and air at 3.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 81.7 percent of the total NAFTA trade.

BTS, a part of the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that in January 2013, for trade between the United States and Canada, trucks carried 53.1 percent of the $51.0 billion in trade, followed by rail at 16.2 percent, pipelines at 13.9 percent, vessels at 6.1 percent and air at 4.4 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 83.1 percent of the total U.S.-Canada trade.

In U.S. trade with Mexico in January 2013, trucks carried 67.4 percent of the $39.5 billion in trade, followed by vessels at 14.5 percent, rail at 11.8 percent, air at 3.1 percent and pipelines at 0.7 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 79.9 percent of the total U.S.-Mexico trade.

BTS monthly TransBorder press releases, beginning with January 2013 data, now contain data for air and vessel. Previous press releases defined surface modes as: truck, rail, pipeline, and other and unknown modes. Beginning with this press release, “other and unknown” modes are not being grouped with surface transportation. Data on surface modes can be found in the press release in Figure 3 and in Tables 2, 4 and 7.

The value of U.S. trade with its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation in January rose 66.6 percent from January 2009, during the last recession. From January 2004, the first month that TransBorder freight data included air and vessel modes, the value of U.S. trade by all modes of transportation with its NAFTA partners increased by 76.5 percent to January 2013. Imports in January 2013 were up 66.5 percent since January 2004, while exports were up 90.3 percent.

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Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 57 (Monday, March 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 17875-17882]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [http://www.gpo.gov/]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06760]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
49 CFR Parts 383 and 384
[Docket No. FMCSA-2007-27659]
RIN 2126-AB59

Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
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SUMMARY: FMCSA amends its May 9, 2011, final rule in response to certain petitions for reconsideration. The 2011 final rule amended the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge and skills testing standards and established new minimum Federal standards for States to issue the commercial learner's permit (CLP). The Agency received 34 petitions for reconsideration that covered a wide range of issues. FMCSA granted or denied each of these petitions, by orders available in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. Today's final rule addresses the petitions that were granted.

DATES: This final rule is effective on April 24, 2013.

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Legislative Report - 3.25.2013 - Senate Restores TA for Military Students in FY 2013 Continuing Resolution

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H.R. 933 - the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution

On March 21, 2013, the Senate passed H.R. 933, the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution, which would fund the federal government through September 30, 2013. An amendment offered by Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), which repeals the termination of Tuition Assistance (TA) under sequestration and prevents the program's funds from being decreased below the amount provided in the underlying legislation was included in the final version. You may recall that the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Army (USA), Air Force (USAF), and Coast Guard (USCG) suspended new enrollments in the TA program in response to an internal U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) memo circulated to the service branches identifying TA as a potential program to cut under the sequestration; the Navy has yet to make a similar announcement. H.R. 933 now returns to the House for final consideration before proceeding to the President. The House leadership has indicated that H.R. 933 will pass with ease.

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Spotlight on the Safety Management Cycle for the HOS Compliance BASIC

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The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is a resource for carriers and drivers as well as enforcement to help identify and address the root cause for safety and compliance issues. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a series of SMCs tailored to each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), with the end goal of helping carriers find ways to reduce or eliminate violations by establishing and improving their safety management controls.

The SMC for the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC provides potential actions carriers can take to improve their HOS compliance. These actions are divided into six key process areas: roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, qualification and hiring, training and communication, monitoring and tracking, and meaningful action. For example, during the hiring process, a carrier should make sure a driver has the necessary skills for the job, including sufficient planning skills to know when to drive and when to stop, basic mathematical skills to calculate their hours and miles, and good organizational skills to keep each Record of Duty Status up-to-date.

Explore these and other important tips in the SMC for the HOS Compliance BASIC available from the CSA Website’s SMC webpage. Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

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Grass Roots Initiative

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The Government Relations Firm, Webster Chamberlain and Bean, representing CVTA, is initiating a grassroots lobbying effort. The goal is to encourage the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") in the Department of Transportation to modify the proposed rule for Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators.
 
CVTA must now demonstrate to regulators that individuals knowledgeable of commercial motor vehicle training are genuinely concerned about this issue. Our ultimate success depends on members who are educated on the issue and will contact the FMCSA.
 
Here is how you can help:

  1. Compose Correspondence
    Start by composing a letter to Anne Ferro. Webster Chamberlain and Bean has developed a template for these communications. Please personalize this correspondence, and ask your colleagues to do the same. If you choose to compose your own correspondence, please remember that CVTA's position focuses on: (1) Performance testing in lieu of proposed minimum hours; (2) the pitfalls of minimum hours including elimination of major access to federal and state funds for students, the minimum hours base will become the maximum amount of training hours, and the fact that training hours have not been proven to produce better drivers; and (3) the accreditation process is flawed and will prohibit many schools from providing students training.

     
  2. Send Your Correspondence
    Comments are to be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. The docket number is FMCSA-2007-27748.

     
  3. Follow Up
    Once you have submitted your correspondence, please send a copy to Andrew Dye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Webster Chamberlain and Bean will provide periodic updates on the status of the Minimum Training Requirements for the Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators' proposed rule.

If you have any questions please contact the CVTA office 703-642-9444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We appreciate any and all assistance you can provide.

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Transports Lead Stock Rise as Indexes Set New Records

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By Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor

This story appears in the March. 18 print edition of Transport Topics.

Trucking and transportation stock indexes have increased more rapidly over the past six months than those for the broad market, with most of the growth coming since the start of 2013.

While the Dow Jones industrial average has gained 9% in value to reach a record high in the six months ended March 11 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 has grown 8.9%, the transportation average has rallied 20.6% and the S&P trucking roster surged 24.3%.

Within the transportation average, UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. contributed to the increase, as did four freight railroads and four trucking companies.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. and Expeditors International of Washington Inc. — the two non-asset-based logistics companies on the transportation average — posted some recent declines, however, after earlier gains.

Company executives and analysts offered no consensus on the meaning behind the gains. Optimists said the increases demonstrate a judgment by investors that trucking earnings will improve this year. Skeptics said trucking stocks are rising off a very low base period, and that well-run companies are benefiting from tight freight-hauling supply rather than a boom in demand for services.

“2013 is poised to be the ‘Year of Transports,’ ” analyst Peter Nesvold wrote to clients of Jefferies & Co. His confidence in the industry’s outlook has firmed as the year has progressed.

Three recent data points suggesting improvement, Nesvold said, are the jump up in January truck tonnage to a record high, the year-over-year gain in diesel consumption and the increase in airfreight for FedEx and UPS.

Nesvold told investors that rallies in freight-transportation stocks usually start in trucking.

“As go trucks, so go transports,” he said.

Tom Kretsinger Jr., president of American Central Transport, said he is optimistic based on the results of his privately held business based in Liberty, Mo., and conversations at the recent Truckload Carriers Association meeting where he was elected chairman... Continue reading (Transport Topics Account Required)