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Women In Trucking Association representatives meet with DOT officials

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PLOVER, Wis. — Women In Trucking (WIT) President and CEO Ellen Voie was recently invited to meet with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in Washington.  Joining them was Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro.

LaHood and members of his staff listened as Voie described some of the challenges facing women in the transportation industry and how WIT is addressing those needs.  Issues include driver harassment concerns, safety and security on the road, using technology to reduce physical limitations and other topics.

Prior to the meeting with LaHood, Voie and WIT chair Leigh Foxall spent time with Ferro and her staff exploring opportunities to encourage women to consider careers in typically male-dominated fields.  “Many of the issues women in the trucking industry face
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Updates on the Workforce Investment Act

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CVTA has remained active in opposing the cuts to Workforce Investment Act funding that are contained in the bill passed by the House of Representatives.

CVTA has submitted written testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which is holding nationwide "listening sessions" on transportation issues.

Former CVTA Chairman Lou Spoonhour spoke before one of the "listening sessions" that was held on Sunday, February 20 in Chicago.
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Coastal Truck Driving School accepted scholarships for new over-the-road truck drivers

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coastal-logoIn partnership with OMCAP, INC., Coastal Truck Driving School accepted scholarships for new over-the-road truck drivers. Each awarded scholarship provided training and jobs placement. Coastal’s scholarships were paid only if the trainee graduated and assured that each scholarship resulted in a new driver. To date, more than 80 residents applied for scholarships; 55 were selected and 50 graduated with job offers. Of the 50 graduates, 44 are currently employed with carriers at a minimum salary of $30,000 per year. This $250,000 investment represents a potential return of $1,320,000 (528% increase) in salaries, alone.

COASTAL TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOL is a proprietary, co-educational institution, which was established in Louisiana in 1985 and is one of the premier truck driving schools in the country.

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Werner Chairman Stepping Down in May

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Clarence Werner, chairman of Werner Enterprises and founder of the carrier, will step down in May, the company said.

Werner will remain on the company's board of directors as chairman emeritus once he steps down after the company's annual meeting May 10, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Neb., reported Friday.

Succeeding Werner as chairman will be his son Gary Werner, currently vice chairman. Gregory Werner, also a son of Clarence Werner, will become vice chairman and retain his position as CEO.

Derek Leathers will become the carrier’s president, the Journal Star said.

Clarence Werner started Werner Enterprises in 1956 with one truck. He owns more than 30% of its stock, the Associated Press said.

Werner Enterprises is ranked No. 13 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

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Congress repeats truck weight bill

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By Jill Dunn

For the third consecutive year, Congress is considering a bill to allow states to increase interstate weight limits to 97,000 pounds for six-axle trucks.

On Feb. 17, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, or H.R. 763, which was referred to committee with one co-sponsor.

The bill text is not yet available via Congress’ online website. The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, a group of shippers and other associations supporting the increase, said some trading partners, including Canada and Mexico, use limits higher than the U.S. 80,000-pound limit set in 1982.

The current weight limit means even if trucks have additional unfilled space, shippers must pay for additional trucks, adding to road congestion and emissions.

The American Trucking Associations supports the measure, which the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association opposes because of safety concerns.

The two previous years, the SETA was referred to committee the day of introduction. In 2009, Michaud’s bill had 54 co-sponsors and last year, Republican Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s bill had three co-sponsors.
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Urgent News from CVTA

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CVTA has been active on two issues that could have a major impact on our school and carrier members.

First, the Association has submitted written testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which is holding a series of nationwide "listening sessions" on transportation policy.

The sessions are highly controlled, thus we were not able to testify in person. Lou Spoonhour will be attending the session that is to be held in Chicago on Sunday, February 20, and hopefully he will be allowed to present CVTA's testimony for the record during the roundtable portion of the hearing.

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States target licensing of illegal immigrants

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By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Land Line state legislative editor

Two states still allow illegal immigrants to obtain full-blown driver’s licenses. One more state offers a permit that allows them to drive, but not use the license as an ID. In each case, lawmakers are trying to end the practice.

In recent years, the list of states providing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants has dropped from nine to two – New Mexico and Washington. In Utah, illegal immigrants can obtain licenses to drive, but they cannot be used as identification.

Supporters of stricter licensing rules say the current system allows for identity fraud and raises other public safety concerns.

Opponents say that cutting access to driver’s licenses would raise insurance costs because illegal immigrants wouldn’t be able to obtain insurance. The result would be many more uninsured drivers.

They also say that the purpose of a license is to show proof of the ability to drive – not be used for identification purposes.

In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez said the system is a disaster waiting to happen. She campaigned a year ago on a pledge to stop letting illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses.

The governor’s administration said the change could affect 82,000 driver’s license holders in the state.

“As other states clamp down, New Mexico has become a haven for people looking to circumvent the law,” Martinez said during a recent news conference.

A House bill would require applicants to have a Social Security number to get a driver’s license... Continue to read more...

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California Dump Truckers Sue CARB to Overturn Emission Rule

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Calling the regulation "overreaching," the California Dump Truck Owners Association has filed suit against the California Air Resources Board challenging the legality of board's Truck and Bus Regulation.

The lawsuit, California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Air Resources Board, was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, on February 11.


Specifically, CDTOA asserts that CARB's regulation is unconstitutional as it is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, and seeks an injunction prohibiting CARB from enforcing the rule.


CDTOA has attempted to work with CARB for more than four years to find reasonable solutions that accomplish the goal of cleaning California's air while avoiding the needless devastation of the state's trucking industry and specifically the dump truck industry, the group said in a press release.


The group says the dump truck industry is struggling with 50 percent unemployment and rampant construction price deflation in the state. It claims enforcement of the costly emissions rule will cause incalculable damage to the construction transportation industry.


CARB, the association says, has repeatedly refused to address the association's concerns. Left with no remaining option, CDTOA has decided to pursue a solution through the courts.


"Our members are experiencing the worst economic conditions in living memory and CARB continues to place impossible regulatory burdens on them at a time they can least afford it," says Lee Brown, executive director of CDTOA. "Our members support clean air, but the air we breathe can't be more important than the people that are breathing it."


Brown says the CARB regulations would adversely affect the truckers' business model by forcing premature retirement or replacement of otherwise perfectly good assets...
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The FMCSA will host a listening session Feb. 17

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FMCSA Hours-of-Service Listening Session

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold a public listening session in Arlington, VA on its regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers.

The entire listening session will be webcast live via the Internet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST to enable public participation across the country. In addition, FMCSA will host an online comment and question forum for the public starting at 12 noon until midnight EST... Continue to read more...

Details about the webcast and forum are available at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/HOS-Listening-Sessions.aspx

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CARB holds "one stop" truck regulation meetings for truckers

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The California Air Resources Board is working with local air quality districts to host “one stop” events to help explain truck regulations already being enforced in the Golden State.

The events include regulation updates, financial information, and demonstrations of truck inspections, though no actual inspections will be performed.

Suppliers of exhaust retrofits and SmartWay approved equipment will be in attendance, and financial grant application assistance is available by appointment.

The next meeting is Feb. 19 at the College of Alameda in Alameda, CA. Other events will be held March 5 in Riverside, CA; March 19 in San Mateo, CA; and March 26 in Fresno, CA.

Click here for more information.