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Member Alert - 10.7.2013

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Fred Stamey, Director Truck Driver Program, Sampson Community College received a call from a man calling himself Michael Davis from Martin Transport. Mr. Davis called the school looking for students drivers.
 
He indicated that he is a recruiter for Martin Transport. (HE IS NOT) and once he has access to the students, he instructs them to wire funds to him for orientation and transportation. He assures them that the student will be reimbursed upon arrival. He is asking for $150 - $175.
 
The number he is providing is a throwaway phone so it can't be tracked.
 
Please be sure to warn all your staff and students that Carriers do not require funds up front for a job.

Thank you Mr. Stamey for the heads up!

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CVTA Now Has a New Executive Director - Don Lefeve

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After an extensive search, we are happy to announce that Donald Lefeve will be joining CVTA as our new Executive Director.  Don comes to us from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU).  He has an extensive background in legislative affairs and government relations.  His experience working with government agencies, congressional and state relations, and grassroots makes him uniquely qualified to champion our cause and get the message out. He will be a true asset as we expand our working relationship with a variety of government agencies.

Prior to joining APSCU, Don served in several senior government affairs positions both in-house with a telecommunications company and as a consultant. He began his career serving on the legislative staff of US Senator John Warner (R-VA). Don holds a B.A. degree in history from Randolph-Macon College, a J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law. In 2006, he served as a Fellow at the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
     
Don will be joining us on October 1, 2013.  We know that you will, as you always do, make Don feel a part of the CVTA family.  For those of you who have yet had a chance to meet Don, you will have an opportunity to do so at the Fall Conference in DC.  Please register today!

Sincerely,


Cheryl Hanley,
Chairman, CVTA

Bruce Busada
Chairman,
Search Committee

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Shippers Seek to Overturn CSA Safety Scoring System

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=32947

By Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor

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

WASHINGTON — Lawyers representing some shippers and brokers told a federal appeals court that the government’s Safety Measurement System is an improperly enacted rule that should be vacated.

However, an attorney for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said a PowerPoint presentation that some industry groups call a federal regulation is just a support document offering an explanation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=32947

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Schools, Rivals Help Carriers Fill Growing Job Vacancies

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=32940

By Daniel P. Bearth, Senior Features Writer

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

Freight carriers, commercial fleet operators and third-party logistics companies are all putting out “Help Wanted” signs.

Firms are stepping up efforts to recruit service technicians, sales executives, safety managers, information technology specialists and drivers, according to a first-ever Transport Topics survey of more than 125 transportation service providers.

Continue reading at: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=32940

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Truckers Against Trafficking Announces First Winner of the Harriet Tubman Award

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National trucking anti-trafficking organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is pleased to announce the first annual winner of its Harriet Tubman award.

The award, which carries with it a $500 check, is named in honor of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, whose courageous personal actions resulted in the transportation of 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad and whose overall role in the freedom movement was instrumental in the freeing of thousands more. Born into slavery in 1820, Miss Tubman was the first African American woman buried with full military honors and the first to have the inaugural Liberty ship named after her – the SS Harriet Tubman – by the US Maritime Commission.

“Because of Harriet Tubman’s connection to transportation through the Underground Railroad and her heroic work to free thousands of slaves, TAT believes she epitomizes the symbol of freedom a trucking anti-trafficking award represents,” said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director.  “TAT is dedicated to the prevention of and/or rescue from human trafficking through the intervention of members of the trucking industry. Each year, through a nomination process and the information collected by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, we will present the Harriet Tubman award to the member of the trucking industry whose direct actions help save or improve the lives of those enslaved or prevent human trafficking from taking place.

“For 2013, we’re pleased to announce that Tracy Mullins, general manager of the Petro Stopping Center® in Spokane, Washington, is our first Harriet Tubman award winner,” she continued. “Her ability to implement training into appropriate actions resulted in the possible prevention of human trafficking of two minors at her station.”

Mullins is a Spokane resident and a 14-year veteran of the transportation industry. She credits the TAT training required of all employees/managers of TravelCenters of America LLC or TA, with playing a pivotal role in her awareness of “something that could be wrong.”

In relating the incident which earned her the award, Mullins recounted that she was walking into a restaurant near her travel plaza to talk to the manager. She noticed two young girls sitting with an older man. “Not that the situation was odd,” she said, “but the man looked as if something could be wrong. I positioned myself close enough to the table to hear the young girls ask for a ride to Seattle. At this point, the images of all the young girls from the training video were going through my mind. I approached the table and asked the girls if everything was okay. One of the girls told me the man was her uncle. The man seemed very uncomfortable and removed himself from the situation. The young girls then asked other drivers for a ride.”

Mullins realized there was a problem and notified law enforcement. The girls turned out to be runaways from a neighboring state with only $5 between them.

Mullins stated, “This is a very special award for me, because, as a mother, I know we helped two young girls not become a statistic that day.”

“Human trafficking is a worldwide issue. We and TAT recognize that, in the United States, much of this activity relies upon the U.S. highway system for trafficking transport, and that because of our prime locations principally along the Interstate Highway System, our professional driver customers and our employees just might be in the right place at the right time to help a victim. We provide employees and drivers with information about what to look for through our company-wide training and awareness programs. We are honored by the news that Tracy received this award. We are proud of her and of the fact that she took the TAT training to heart and used it," commented Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TA.

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ATRI Seeks Truck Driver Input on HOS Impacts

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Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today announced the start of its second phase data collection on impacts from the recent changes to the Hours-of-Service rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013.  ATRI is asking commercial drivers to provide input on the changes through an online survey available on its website, www.atri-online.org.  The survey asks drivers about impacts related to miles, pay and on-duty hours since the changes to the 34-hour restart (requirement of two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and the limit of one restart per 7-day/168-hour time period) and the addition of the 30-minute rest break.

“Earlier this year we released a study quantifying potential impacts from the rules changes.  This critical next step in the research will document how those expected changes are being experienced by drivers,” commented ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.

ATRI will also initiate data collection from motor carriers to quantify productivity impacts resulting from the rules changes.

Drivers are encouraged to participate in the confidential survey at www.atri-online.org.