ATA to Review Political Stance

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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.

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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!

Hours-of-Service Back as Top Concern in Annual Trucking Industry Survey

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ORLANDO, FL – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.

The changes to the federal commercial driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules that went into effect July 1, 2013 caused HOS to top the list in ATRI’s annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives.  The complete results were released at the 2013 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Orlando, FL, the nation’s largest gathering of motor carrier executives.  The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also solicited and tabulated specific strategies for addressing each issue.

Continued concern over the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program caused that issue to rank second this year, after ranking first in 2012.  Worry over the implications of a driver shortage resulted in that issue ranking third in this year’s survey while concern over the economy lessened, causing that issue to slip one position to fourth place.  Continued economic growth, coupled with CSA and HOS changes may be contributing factors to the driver shortage according to some in the industry. 

The ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed strategies will be utilized by the ATA Federation to better focus its advocacy role on behalf of the U.S. trucking industry and ATA Federation stakeholders.

"ATRI’s annual survey of top industry issues makes it easier for us to keep track of all the complex forces affecting motor carriers and drivers so that we can focus on running a safe and profitable industry,” said ATA Chairman Mike Card, President, Combined Transport, Inc., Central Point, Oregon.

"As we all know, the trucking industry constantly faces changes and challenges to how we operate safely and efficiently,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “However, our industry has always responded to these issues with determination and ATRI’s work gives us the information to decide where to focus our energies first and foremost.”

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at

Shutdown Impact Minimal

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Freight Officials Wary of Long Budget Impasse

By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the Oct. 7 print edition of Transport Topics.

 Freight transportation officials said their companies suffered only minimal effects from the federal government shutdown last week but added they were preparing for disruptions if the budget dispute drags on.

While most federal agencies were shuttered, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration were among the few continuing normal operations because they are supported by the Highway Trust Fund and not the general budget.

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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!

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!


Cheryl Hanley,
Chairman, CVTA

Bruce Busada
Search Committee

Shippers Seek to Overturn CSA Safety Scoring System

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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.

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