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National “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Kids’ Art Contest - Rules & Entry Form

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The annual Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership (www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt) “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) North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 4-10, 2014) celebrations aimed at increasing awareness about work safety – being safe on the job. The “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” art contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to saves lives and reduce injuries.

Children with a relationship to individuals or organizations in the trucking and bus industries can participate as per entry requirements.

Artwork that best illustrates “the importance of commercial motor vehicle drivers buckling up” with the overarching message “Safety Belts Save Lives” will win the grand prizes in each of the two age categories.

The winners of this contest will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in early May 2014. That afternoon there will be a special program for the winners at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.

Click here to download the entry form.


When creating your work of art think about these questions:

  • Why is it important for truck and bus drivers to buckle up every time?
  • Bus and truck drivers can spend many hours a day on the road. Why is the motto “Safety Belts Save Lives” really important for them?
  • Do you see big trucks and buses on the road? Why is it important for those drivers to buckle up and be safe?
  • What would happen if a truck or bus driver did not buckle up while on the job?

The subject of the artwork entry is to be the student’s personal expression of the importance of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers buckling up.

Criteria:

1.   Entries can be a painting, drawing, collage, or other two-dimensional work no larger than

11” x 17”.

2.   For contact purposes only, students must include their name, address, phone number, school, and grade on the back of their artwork.

3.   All entries must be emailed or postmarked by February 28, 2014.

Participation: Entrants are divided into two categories by grade:

  • Category A - K through 2nd grades, as of September 3, 2013
  • Category B - 3rd through 6th grades, as of September 3, 2013
  • There will be a total of 12 winners including first place prize winners for each category.

Prizes:

  • Two Grand Prizes: Winners will receive a cash prize from the some CMV Safety Belt Partnership members and a copy of their artwork mounted and framed, and will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters.
  • Twelve students featured in a 2015 calendar will receive a certificate of appreciation from the CMV Safety Belt Partnership for their entry.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Only one submission per student.
  2. Artwork should be 100% produced by the student.
  3. Student must be related to someone working in the truck or bus industry, or sponsored by a partnering member or association of the CMV Safety Belt Partnership or by a business or driver in the commercial vehicle industry. For more information about sponsorship, please see www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt.
  4. Entry may be a painting, drawing, collage, or other two-dimensional work no larger than 11” x 17”.
  5. CMV Safety Belt Partnership and members reserve the right to copy and modify any entry for reproduction. Entries will not be returned and may be used for future promotional opportunities.
  6. Artwork will be judged on originality of design, clarity of theme message, and artistic merit.
  7. Contest ends Friday, February 28, 2014.
  8. All submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 28, 2014.
  9. Results decided by April 1, 2014.

Click here to download the entry form.


CMV Safety Belt Partnership Associations

  • American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
  • American Bus Association (ABA)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • American Trucking Associations (ATA)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC)
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
  • Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA)
  • DRIVE SMART Virginia
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • First Student, Inc.
  • Great West Casualty Company
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • International Registration Plan, Inc. (IRP)
  • Krueger Ergonomics Consultants
  • National Association of Public Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS)
  • National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT)
  • National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • National Private Truck Council (NPTC)
  • National Safety Council (NSC)
  • National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC)
  • National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO, Inc.)
  • Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
  • Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)
  • Professional Truck Driver Institute
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
  • REI Safety Services
  • School Transportation Florida Department of Education
  • Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA)
  • Truckload Carriers Association Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc.
  • United Motorcoach Association (UMA)

Click here to download the entry form.

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National Safety Agency Urges DOT Audit Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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FMCSA Audit
Key Development: National Transportation Safety Board recommends audit of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, citing bus and truck crashes.
Next Steps: It is up to the Department of Transportation to conduct the audit.
By Heather Caygle

Nov. 7 — 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 oversight of bus and trucking industries after several deadly crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board Nov. 7 called for an audit of FMCSA's processes overseeing motor carriers and commercial trucks, expressing concerns with both the thoroughness and quality of the agency's oversight. In addition, the NTSB reviewed FMCSA's oversight of four recent commercial vehicle crashes and found that safety deficiencies and “red flags” were present prior to the crashes but went unnoticed by FMCSA regulators.

“Our investigators found, that in many cases, the poor performing company was on FMCSA's radar for violations, but was allowed to continue operating and was not scrutinized closely until they had deadly crashes,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman in a statement.

Compliance Review Weaknesses

The NTSB found that FMCSA missed key signals during routine compliance reviews before the accidents and had those safety violations been addressed, it is possible the crashes wouldn't have occurred.

The four accidents reviewed included two motor coach crashes and two commercial truck crashes within the last year. In total, the accidents resulted in 25 deaths and 83 injuries.

FMCSA needs to crack down before crashes occur, not just after high visibility events, NTSB says.

“While FMCSA deserves recognition for putting bad operators out of business, they need to crack down before crashes occur, not just after high visibility events,” Hersman said.

In a safety recommendation letter sent to the Department of Transportation requesting the audit, Hersman said that FMCSA's poor quality investigative work presents a serious problem in need of review from DOT.

In its audit, DOT should identify why FMCSA inspectors are missing some safety violations by motor carriers during the review process and take steps to address those problems, Hersman said.

FMCSA Responds

In response, a FMCSA spokeswoman said the agency has taken several steps over the last year to increase its oversight of bus and trucking companies. Those steps include putting FMCSA inspectors through specialized training and conducting a “top-to-bottom” analysis of the agency's current oversight procedures.

“In the past three years, we have more than tripled the number of unsafe companies and drivers we have taken off the road through more comprehensive investigations,” said FMCSA spokeswoman Marissa Padilla.

“We are continuously looking for new ways to make our investigation methods even more effective so we shut down unsafe companies before a crash occurs and will thoroughly review the NTSB's findings.”

FMCSA has about 350 safety inspectors charged with overseeing more than 525,000 truck and bus companies. NTSB's Hersman asked that DOT respond to its audit request within 90 days.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Report for Executives, 217 DER A-25 (Nov. 8, 2013).
Copyright 2013 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <
http://www.bna.com>

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Special Alert to All CVTA Members

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CVTA is concerned for all its members' instructors regarding the self-certification, medical certificate deadline:

Truck drivers have until January 30 to self-certify their operating status and provide medical examiner certificates to state driver licensing agencies.

On January 30, 2012 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began requiring CDL holders to identify if they conduct intrastate or interstate commerce and if they hold non-excepted or excepted status. Most truckers are classified under non-excepted interstate commerce and must furnish a current medical examiner's certificate to state agencies.

Those who do not need to have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer during the two-year implementation process still must self-certify and provide the certificate, often called a DOT card, by the 2014 deadline.

State agencies who do not receive self-certification, medical certificates and any required variance from CDL-Holders by the compliance deadline must notify drivers that they are no longer medically certified in non-excepted interstate commerce. State officials will remove all CDL privileges from their licenses.

Please do not take this lightly. Have your instructors certified before the January 30, 2014 deadline.  The following link provides a wealth of information.

New Medical Certification Requirements: A Guide for Commercial Driver License (CDL) Holders - Frequently Asked Questions

If you need clarification or assistance, contact Cindy Atwood at the CVTA office (703) 642-9444 or click here.

Until the next time.  
 
John Diab
Chairman
CVTA

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Stevens Transport Welcomes Medal of Honor Recipient

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On November 7, 2013, the Stevens Transport community warmly welcomed a national hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor: Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. During an unforgettable event hosted at the Stevens Transport global headquarters in Dallas, TX, Staff Sergeant Giunta vividly described a life-changing event that occurred on October 25, 2007 in Afghanistan in which Giunta heroically put his life in jeopardy on behalf of his fellow servicemen and his country.

Attacked from 30 feet away by insurgents using AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, and stationary machine guns, Giunta exercised ingenious wherewithal to offer medical aid to several wounded comrades while simultaneously imposing precise firepower to deter advancing armed Afghani fighters. Once the onslaught seized, Giunta chased an unidentified Afghani soldier dragging a wounded US combatant into enemy territory. When the opportunity arose, Giunta successfully inflicted a lethal gun wound into the enemy soldier from afar, forcing him to release the wounded American behind. Shortly after the tragic surprise attack, US intelligence officials identified the anonymous Afghani soldier as a high value US target and international terrorist.

Since 1980, Stevens Transport has proudly employed countless US veterans to further the corporate initiative of industry-leading service, setting a remarkable example for other preeminent logistics companies to mirror. Representing the timeless United States Military credo: "for the man on my right and the man on my left", US veterans have continued to lead the Stevens Transport workplace with unmatched ambition, leadership, and exemplary teamwork. Stevens Transport cannot thank our military servicemen enough for the daily sacrifices they make to ensure the freedom of all American citizens. Stevens Transport Management wants to honorably thank Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta for sharing his unique story of valor, courageousness, and embodiment of the enduring American spirit. 




Stevens Produces Video to Honor Veterans

Key Stevens Staff Featured In Special Video Tribute

Using Senior Staff that also served in various branches of the United States Military, Stevens Transport produced a short video to honor all those who have served in the military.

The video was prepared for a special Veterans Gala Event held in Dallas and is also published on our YouTube channel.  It helps underscore the value of the service veterans have provided our nation during their military service as well as the invaluable contributions made daily at Stevens Transport.

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Schneider National Ranks #10 on G.I. Jobs’ Top 100 Military Friendly Employers List

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Continued Commitment to Hiring Current and Former Military Personnel Makes Schneider Highest Ranking Trucking Company on 2014 List

GREEN BAY, Wis. – (November 11, 2013) – Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of truckload, intermodal and logistics services, announced today it has made the coveted G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list for the eighth straight year. Schneider ranked number ten on the list — earning acknowledgment for the programs and benefits it offers to current and former military personnel. It is the highest ranking trucking company named to this year’s list.

G.I. Jobs' 2014 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list honors the top 2 percent of U.S. companies that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans. More than 5,000 companies were ranked this year based on survey results that assess the strength of a company’s military recruiting program, including the percentage of new hires with prior military service and all policies in place to recognize military service.

“Even though we have been named to this prestigious list eight years in a row, learning we have been honored (along with so many other companies with strong track records of military support) is always a big thrill,” said Rob Reich, vice president of maintenance and driver recruiting, Schneider National and a veteran of the U.S. Army. “The highest honor, of course, is the fact that so many current and former military members choose Schneider as their employer. It’s not surprising, since our core values of safety, integrity, respect and excellence mirror those of the military: duty, respect, integrity and pride.”

Schneider National’s deep military roots date back to the company’s founder, Al Schneider, a National Guardsman who understood the valuable skills military members bring to the table. Today, Schneider continues its commitment of providing rewarding careers to those with a military background through specific programs to ease transition and ensure long-term career success, including:

  • Apprenticeship Program: Being one of only a few transportation providers certified under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Apprenticeship Program, allowing Veterans, Guard members and Reservists to receive both their weekly wages from Schneider National and their monthly educational benefit payment from the VA — up to $1,236 each month.
  • The Schneider National Military Owner-Operator Program: This initiative provides military personnel with the tools, training and support they need to become successful small-business owner-operators. This program helps new owner-operators obtain a new or gently used truck through a special little-to-no-money-down, no-credit check lease.

“Schneider bends over backward to accommodate those who serve in the military and understands the importance of working with your schedule,” says Richard Barczewski, a regional driver for Schneider’s Van-Truckload division who has been deployed to Afghanistan twice since joining the company in 2006. “Plus, there is a real sense of loyalty and respect at Schneider along with the feeling of camaraderie — you are a member of the team.”

Coupled with the comprehensive benefits package Schneider provides to all associates, military personnel can also expect:

  • Extended company benefits and differential pay if deployed for up to 18 months
  • Excused time off for weekend drill and annual training (no vacation time required)
  • Quick-hire process, allowing active military to apply, interview and be accepted two months prior to separation
  • Nationwide opportunities throughout Schneider’s network of offices, maintenance facilities and operating centers

Schneider is one of the nation’s largest and most-recognized employers of military personnel, with over 20 percent of its hires having a military background. In addition to eight consecutive years of recognition from G.I. Jobs, the company has won numerous national, state and regional awards: the inaugural Department of Defense Freedom Award, HireVetsFirst ESGR 5-Star employer, ESGR Extraordinary Employer Support Award, 2013 Most Valuable Employer by Civilianjobs.com and Top 35 Veteran Employer by Military.com.

To learn more about Schneider’s career opportunities for current and former military personnel, please visit http://www.schneiderjobs.com/CompanyDrivers/Military.

About Schneider National, Inc.

Schneider National has exceptional career paths for professional drivers and truck school graduates. Opportunities exist for company drivers and owner-operators in Schneider’s Regional, Over the Road, Dedicated, Tanker, Team Expedited, Intermodal, Oil Field Transportation and Port Dray divisions.

 

A $3.5 billion company and one of the largest truckload carriers in North America, Schneider has been a top choice for drivers for more than 77 years. Schneider provides drivers great weekly miles, steady freight and the comfort of knowing that “safety first and always” is the cornerstone of the company’s philosophy. Schneider is ranked a top-paying carrier by the National Transportation Institute and has been nationally recognized for its support of veterans, Reservists and National Guard members. For more information about Schneider National career opportunities, visit www.schneiderjobs.com. You can also connect with Schneider on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jobsatschneider and Twitter@schneiderjobs.

 

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and has served the military community since 2001. Our Military Friendly® lists and methodology can be found at www.MilitaryFriendly.com. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal and are frequently cited on national TV programs such as CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News and others. You can follow Military Friendly on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MilitaryFriendly or on Twitter @Mil_Friendly.

 

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ATA to Review Political Stance

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33305

Leaders at MC&E Urge New Alliances Only With Supporters

By Neil Abt, Managing Editor

This story appears in the Oct. 28 print edition of Transport Topics.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Weary of another year of political gridlock, trucking industry leaders meeting here vowed to make more critical assessments before offering support to lawmakers and to take a more cohesive message directly to the public.

Bill Graves, president of American Trucking Associations, opened the federation’s Management Conference & Exhibition with a warning to Congress.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=33305

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Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid for nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to go to school at a cost of about $30 billion since 2009.  With an influx of over one million more veterans projected to enter higher education in the next several years, institutions should be prepared to serve veteran students.  Military veterans represent a unique type of non-traditional student who must overcome distinctive challenges to reintegrate into the civilian workforce yet many employees never have special training to serve this population.    

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Executive Director and Founder, Paul Rieckhoff, has stated "The GI Bill is a promise we made to the veterans of World War II: that those who defend our country should be able to take advantage of America's opportunity.” The promise of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, however, isn’t fulfilled when a veteran enrolls and completes a degree program; it is fulfilled when they become gainfully employed.

CS108 – Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed is a new online course facilitated by Dr. Garland H. Williams, Associate Regional Vice President, Military Division, for the University of Phoenix and retired U.S. Army Colonel.  This course helps career services practitioners understand the unique obstacles veterans face in the reintegration process, how to help them translate their military experience into civilian language and provides strategies & tools that can support veterans in becoming gainfully employed.

Learn More about this New Online Course!