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Legislative and Regulatory Update - 1-28-2014

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By Brad Ball, Chairman and Chuck Wirth, Vice Chairman

As the President addresses the nation tonight in his State of the Union speech, we want to update our membership on a number of items that the Legislative & Regulatory Committee is working on and items for you to consider as we progress through the year.

The Legislative & Regulatory Committee has identified a number of current and future policies such as Third Party testing/ State CDL testing inconsistencies, and government funding available to students which are important to CVTA members. In our latest call, we discussed potential CVTA policy positions on these and other issues. The Legislative & Regulatory Committee will put these positions forth to the Board of Directors, and they will determine the official CVTA position on each issue.

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Member Alert - 1.15.2014

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We have been notified about the following from both Western Pacific Truck School and TransAm Trucking:

Michael Phillips called a school saying he is with TransAm Trucking and needs 3 drivers this week and 10 next week, offering $1500 sign on bonus and Insurance after 90 days. Phone 817-921-3431, he spoke to several students last couple days but now the phone number goes to a clinic for refills on medications.
 
Please be sure to remind your students to be very careful with the information they provide over the phone.
 
Thanks to Dean Cochran and Maralyn Chavez for the heads up.

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CVTA First Webinar - A Success

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CVTA would like to thank Sharon Foster, Marketing Manager - Loyalty, Truck Service & Sales, TravelCenters of America for presenting: Professional Drivers - Good Image Good Health. This was a first in a series of Webinars CVTA will be presenting this year on a wide variety of issues. If you were unable to participate in the presentation you can listen and view the presentation at the following link. You must me a member of CVTA. If you need help with your login please contact Charlie Kim at 703-642-9444.

If there are topics you would like to see addressed in a future webinar please contact Cindy Atwood, 703-642-9444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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FMCSA withdraws its December 26, 2007 Rulemaking on ELDT

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has withdrawn its December 26, 2007, notice of proposed rulemaking regarding Entry Level Driver Training, and is proposing a new rulemaking based upon the statutory requirements set forth in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The official notice will appear in tomorrow's Federal Register.
 
In the notice, the FMCSA states that it "withdraws the 2007 proposal because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the Agency's public listening sessions in 2013, raised substantive issues which have led the Agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal. In addition, since the NPRM was published, FMCSA received statutory direction on the issue of entry level driver training (ELDT) from Congress via the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) reauthorization legislation. Finally, the Agency tasked its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to provide ideas the Agency should consider in implementing the MAP-21 requirements. In consideration of the above, the Agency has concluded that a new rulemaking should be initiated in lieu of completing the 2007 rulemaking."

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DoD MOU Partner Institution Notification of Complaint System

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This notice is for information purposes only. Early in the new year we expect the U.S. Government to launch a centralized online reporting system, allowing Service members, Veterans, and their families to provide feedback about educational institutions. The initiative, part of the President's Executive Order for Principles of Excellence, is designed to empower the students and their families by ensuring they have the best information needed to make the most informed educational choices while holding institutions of higher learning to the highest standards. This includes:

  • Providing meaningful information about the financial cost and quality of the school;
  • Preventing abusive and deceptive recruiting practices; and
  • Providing high-quality academic and student support services.

The Departments of Defense, Education, and Veterans Affairs, along with the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission, are championing this effort.  More details to follow in the new year.

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Truckload Driver Turnover Dips

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33708

Large-Fleet Churn Still Tops 90% for 7th Qtr.

By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter

This story appears in the Dec. 16 print edition of Transport Topics.

Driver turnover ticked downward at truckload carriers during the third quarter but remained at relatively high levels, American Trucking Associations reported last week.

ATA said turnover at large truckload fleets slipped 2 percentage points to 97% and that at smaller fleets it dropped 8 percentage points to 74%.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33708

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Fleets Must Keep Drug Testing 50% of Drivers, DOT Orders

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33710

By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the Dec. 16 print edition of Transport Topics.

The U.S. Department of Transportation 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 drug testing began in 1996. If the 2012 rate turns out to be lower than 1%, the industry could become eligible to halve the testing, to 25% of its drivers.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33710