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Request from Cengage Learning

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Cengage Learning will be using some of the photos schools sent them previously in the upcoming 4th edition of "Trucking: Tractor/Trailer Handbook/Workbook" (name to be revised).  However, within the first ten chapters they would like to add 34 more photos, click here for "wish list."

For these photos they need 300 dpi resolution at approximately 3x5 size. Most digital cameras today take this resolution without changing any settings. For any photos submitted, they need to have the permission form signed and on file, and also if there are any individuals in the photos, they need them to sign the model release form.

If you have photos you would like to submit, please send them to Dawn Jacobson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 5.

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DOT Proves Its Point

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of July 11, 2011
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance


The Department of Transportation claimed a significant victory in its war against distracted driving. Pilot programs in Hartford and Syracuse were hailed as overwhelming successes.

Drivers nationwide will have to get used to another roadside slogan; the Department of Transportation has announced that its “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” anti-distracted driving campaign has been a major success in its pilot phase.

Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, has made distracted driving somewhat of a cause-célèbre during his tenure as the head of the department. It was LaHood who announced that the two pilot programs, Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York, had achieved successful results.

Pilot Program
As with similar ‘slogan campaigns’ such as “Click-It or Ticket” — the seat belt safety campaign — and “Over the Influence Under Arrest” — the anti-drunk driving campaign — Syracuse and Hartford mixed education with enforcement. Both cities were blanketed with advertisements — on billboards, busses and the airwaves — warning of the dire consequences of distracted driving. This was followed up with a strict enforcement policy.

A one-year study of the program revealed that the rate of electronic devices in use while driving dropped significantly in both pilot cities. LaHood was overflowing with praise for both cities.

Over the last 12 months, Syracuse showed an overall decrease of 32 percent in both handheld phone use and texting.   Hartford showed an “even more impressive” 57 percent decline in handheld phone use and a “stunning” 72 percent drop in texting behind the wheel.

Next Steps
The programs, which although municipal, are largely funded by grants from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the Federal DOT. NHTSA, pleased with the results is planning on expanding the pilot program statewide.

For Connecticut, that will be a relatively minor affair; given the size of the state, much of the population lives within the Hartford metropolitan area anyway. For New York that will, obviously, be a much larger endeavour. Exact plans were not forthcoming at this juncture, however, it is safe to assume the programs will follow the same blueprint.

Beyond New York and Connecticut, NHTSA has expressed interest in expanding the program and the grants to other states with anti-distracted driving laws. As always, Fast-Fax will keep you up to date with any changes in laws and regulations regarding this matter.

Below is an overview of the states with Distracted Driving Laws. Note in many states bans are not blanket and vary based on license type and driver age. There are also a number of municipalities with their own laws. Consult with your local enforcement officials before using a cellphone while driving.

Of course, for commercial motor vehicle operators, Federal Regulations already ban texting while driving as well as hand-held cellphone usage.

Table of Distracted Driving Laws by State
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AL X X KY X X ND X
AK X LA X X OH
AZ X ME X X OK X X
AR X MD X X OR X X
CA X X MA X X PA
CO X X MI X RI X X
CT X X MN X X SC
DE X X MS X SD
DC X X MO X TN X X
FL MT TX X X
GA X X NE X X UT X X
HI NV X VT X X
ID NH X X VA X X
IL X X NJ X X WA X X
IN X X NM X WV X X
IA X X NY X X WI X
KS X X NC X X WY X

 

Transportation Ticker

FMCSA Alerts Carriers About Shady Marketing Tactics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a bulletin this week clarifying reasonable-suspicion training requirements and alerting carriers about aggressive marketing techniques being used by some training companies. In the notice, FMCSA reminded carriers that the agency does not certify or approve trainers, training companies or curriculum.

If you have any questions about supervisor reasonable-suspicion training or any other aspect of your DOT drug and alcohol testing program, please call a Foley compliance specialist at 800- 253-5506, ext. 0869.

Go to www.FoleyServicesBlog.com for more information about this story.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • www.FoleyServices.com • Vol. 111, No. 695 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011

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SCAM Alert July 22, 2011

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This one is specially disturbing as it is more believable than previous scammers:

From Roger Rollins, Great Lakes  Truck Driving School:

One of my reps in the office took this call the other day. I knew Marten did not accept grads so I called Marten to verify that it was not them and they had no idea who this person was posing as a Marten recruiter. This is the info the guy gave us, this is the email that one of my employees sent me, I copied and pasted it for you:

"I received a call from Marten Transport this morning, looking for drivers (both new graduates and experienced). 

They are looking for 4 drivers immediately and 14 more within the next 2 weeks.  Here are the particulars...

Contact:  Jim Snow...
Training period & pay:  4 weeks @ $400/week
Solo pay rate:  $.28/mile
Felonies:  over 5 years old
DUI:  over 3 years old
Points:  8 points maximum
Equipment:  International 10-speed w/ 53' dry van
Endorsements:  none...no HazMat
Hiring area:  East & South...running lower 48"

As we have discovered this was a complete fraud just searching for contact information on entry level drivers to scam.

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RIDE OF PRIDE TO HONOR VETERANS - Schneider National

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Jeff Edwards, a London, Ky.-based driver for Schneider National, has been chosen as the driver for this year's Ride of Pride. Edwards, who has worked at Schneider since 2006, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 12 years, and was called to active duty in Iraq in 2003. "It is a special honor to be able to drive this truck and to support those in the Armed Forces," said Edwards, "and to work for a company that is so supportive of the men and women who serve their country through military service."

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Covenant Transport – 25 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Covenant 25th AnniversaryOn My 17 & 18, covenant Transport gathered to celebrate its 25-yearanniversary. The company held a reception after the annual shareholders meeting to honor the 2-year employees, which include James Burklow, R.H. Lovin Jr., Mike Owens, David & Jacqueline Parker, Clay Scholl and Stan White.

The celebration continued the next day with a 1980’s celerity and each department was invited to decorate heir space in an 80’s theme. A luncheon was held for all employees and 25th anniversary t-shirts were distributed. In addition to the corporate office celebration, each terminal hosted a luncheon for the drivers.

The company gathered to not only celebrate the outstanding contributions of these individuals, but also the many milestones achieved by the company. David Parker founded Covenant Transport at age 28 with his wife, Jacqueline, and has worked to make it into a$600 million-a-year corporation.

“It’s been a long, hard, joyful, wonderful, emotional ride for the last 25 years,” David Parker said, reflecting on the milestone achieved by his company.

For more information, contact Covenant Transport: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 423-463-3847

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Annual Truck Driving Career Fair on Thursday, July 21st - Hamrick School, Ohio

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Hamrick School invites you to attend the Annual Truck Driving Career Fair on Thursday, July 21st, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 1156 Medina Rd., Medina, OH 44256.

This is a great chance for current students, graduates, and the public to:

  • meet with various trucking companies' representatives and learn about employment opportunities;
  • view different motor carriers' equipment;
  • learn about tax deductions, resume writing, on-line job search, credit union benefits, insurance info and more...
  • acquire information about our Truck Driver Training Programs. (CDL Class "A")

Bring your resume and be ready to talk with trucking industry employers. Registration is not required.

Please call 1-800-362-0098 or visit our website for more information: www.hamrickschool.edu.

Thank you very much.


Sincerely,

Val

Val Hamrick, M.Ed., M.A.
Vice President/Director of Education
Hamrick School
1156 Medina Road
Medina, OH  44256

Call Toll Free:  1-800-362-0098

Accredited member, ACCSC; OH Reg.# 88-02-1147T; Lic. # 155

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Carriers Alerted to Aggressive Marketing Attempts to Sell Supervisory Training for Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements

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Notice to Carriers:

In recent weeks, we have received numerous inquiries regarding companies using aggressive marketing tactics to sell supervisor training to employers who may be subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing requirements. Please note that the FMCSA is not familiar with these companies nor the training they are offering.

49 CFR §382.603 requires supervisors of CDL drivers to take 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of alcohol abuse and another 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of controlled substances use. The purpose is to qualify supervisors for determining when reasonable suspicion testing is needed.