Scam Alert

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One unfortunate effect of the sluggish economy is that thieves have gotten more numerous, more desperate and bolder. We've seen an increase in the number of truck driving student job scams. This is where an individual claiming to be a carrier's recruiter calls schools and gets student names and contact information. Then the scammer contacts the students and/or their spouses or parents claiming to have a job opening. The catch is that the victim has to send the phony recruiter money, to cover a "placement fee" or fuel costs for transportation to orientation. Of course the money is supposed to be wired, or sent as a money order to a P. O. box. So once the scam is discovered, there's no way to stop the payment. Not only does this victimize students and the people who care about them, it gives schools and carriers a black eye.

Let's Squash This Scam!
Students, be wary. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is a scam. It's tempting to jump on what looks to be a great opportunity, but check it out with school placement personnel. Schools, check and double-check the identity of individuals who call claiming to be a carrier's recruiter. A quick way to do this is to call the carrier at a published phone number (rather than the call-back number supplied by the alleged recruiter). Verify the employment of the individual and that there really is a legitimate job offer.

Visit our Web site and our blog for updated information on where the scam is taking place and what names are being used. If we can raise the level of awareness about this scam, it will be harder to pull it off.

Hours of Service Regulations Will Be Changing

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As the result of a settlement with Public Citizen and other petitioners, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will revise the hours of service. FMCSA will submit a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for approval within 9 months. Within 30 days of publishing the NPRM, the parties will file motions regarding further proceedings, and FMCSA will publish a final rule with 21 months. This case is scheduled for argument January 15, 2010.

Of course, we will stay on top of this and provides updates as they become available. Visit our Web site often for news. Check our blog at and follow us on Twitter at for the latest developments in this important change to truck driving regulations.

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US Xpress Hiring in Specified Areas

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Effective immediately US Xpress has opened up new entry level solo and team driving positions. Drivers living in the shaded areas on the map below will be eligible. Please call Homer E. Paul at 423-298-6858 if your school needs a representative from US Xpress to visit for a presentation or a special event. For more information on Pay, Benefits, and Requirements and how to apply:

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Senate Confirms Ferro as FMCSA Administrator

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The Senate late Thursday confirmed Anne Ferro's nomination to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Thursday night's confirmation follows a vote of approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Oct. 27.

In a statement Friday morning, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said it was “pleased” with the Senate's decision to confirm Ferro, who led the Maryland Motor Truck Association for six years.

“She has an excellent understanding of how government, law enforcement and industry need to work together to solve problems, and will be a great advocate for safety,” said Buzzy France, president of CVSA.

Following her nomination by President Obama in June, Ferro has come under fire from labor and safety groups for her ties to the trucking industry.

The Senate also confirmed the nomination of Cynthia Quarterman as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Thursday.

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Covenant Transport Receives 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award

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Covenant Transport was among seven entities in the southeast and 37 in the nation to be recognized an Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation and freight activities.  The awards were announced October 6, 2009 at the American Trucking Association’s Annual Management Conference & Exhibit in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is Covenant’s second consecutive SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award.

Operating out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Covenant Transport, Inc. provides truckload for-hire and dedicated contract transportation. All of Covenant’s tractors are equipped with aerodynamic packages including integrated cab roof fairings, cab side fairings, and aerodynamic mirrors. These packages contributed to CO2 savings of 69,568 tons in 2008. All Covenant tractors use low friction engine and drive train lubricant, saving an additional 15,565 tons of CO2 and nearly 1.5 million gallons of fuel. As its fleet turned over in 2008, Covenant began investing in SmartWay-certified tractors and trailers, installing long term idle reductions technologies and specifying fuel efficient tires, saving an estimated 2 million gallons of fuel.  In addition to utilizing 804 trucks with team drivers, PrePass and truck stop electrification, this equipment helped the company save over 45,000 tons of CO2 and 21,900 tons of PM in 2008. In total, Covenant saved nearly 28 million gallons of fuel and 307,368 tons of CO2.

Joey Hogan, President of Covenant Transport, stated, “Covenant is fully committed to the SmartWay program, and we believe it is incumbent on our company to lead by example the charge in our industry to become better environmental stewards.   Participation in the program is very valuable and rewarding to our associates and drivers.  Through the fleet model spreadsheets, they can see the direct impact (in gallons and CO2 reduction) that technology and procedures they have implemented have had in reducing overall fuel consumption and emissions.  It takes a coordinated effort from both our internal support staff and our drivers to produce such an accomplishment.  I want to thank all of the associates at Covenant, as it is their diligent planning and effort that has produced the company’s second consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award. 

We also want to congratulate our peer transportation providers and shippers who participate in the program.  The SmartWay Transport Partner effort has been growing over the past few years, and we want to encourage others to join.  We hope those who are not participating currently will take the initiative to do so in 2010.  It is good for the environment and also good for business.”

“EPA’s SmartWay partnership helps freight companies go the extra mile by saving fuel and money, while cutting air pollution,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Within our nation’s hard-working freight sector, SmartWay Excellence Award winners have stepped up to help protect our health, climate and environment.”

EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help improve the freight industry’s environmental performance. Today more than 2,000 organizations participate, ranging from large multi-national trucking fleets, several rail companies, many well-known retail and commercial shippers, as well as small “mom and pop” trucking companies.   Through their SmartWay participation, these companies both calculate and adopt strategies for lowering their transportation energy use and CO2 emissions. EPA provides technical support, including tools to evaluate options for lowering fuel use and emissions, and help in locating financing for the purchase of environmental and fuel saving technology.  In 2009, the Partnership projects that it will eliminate six million tons of CO2 and conserve more than 540 million gallons of diesel fuel, a savings of at least $1.3 billion a year in fuel costs.

For more information about SmartWay visit: or call (734) 214-4767.
For more information about the 2009 SmartWay Award recipients, visit:

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. is the holding company for several transportation providers that offer premium transportation services for customers throughout the United States. The consolidated group includes operations from Covenant Transport and Covenant Transport Solutions of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Southern Refrigerated Transport of Texarkana, Arkansas; and Star Transportation of Nashville, Tennessee. The group operates one of the 15 largest fleets in North America as measured by revenue. The Company's Class A common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol, "CVTI".

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FMCSA to launch Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program

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By CCJ Staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Wednesday, Oct. 7, that it will launch a new Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program designed to allow commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. The program is expected to begin in December.

“Safety is our number one priority at the Department of Transportation,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This new initiative will help trucking companies ensure the safest drivers are behind the wheel of commercial trucks and buses. Making this information more transparent will make our roads and highways safer for everyone.”

FMCSA says that by using driver safety information during pre-employment screening, motor carriers will be able to better assess potential safety risks of a prospective driver-employee, and drivers will have additional opportunities to verify the data in their driving history and correct any discrepancies.

Commercial driver safety records currently are available to federal and state law enforcement personnel, and accessible to drivers through the Freedom of Information Act. Once the pre-employment screening program is launched, driver safety records will be readily available to motor carriers regardless of state or jurisdiction. In accordance with federal privacy laws, drivers first must give written consent in order for their records to be released.

The Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program will be populated by FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System. The MCMIS is comprised of driver performance data, including roadside inspection and compliance review results, enforcement data, state-reported crashes and motor carrier census data.