CSA Update: Improve Your Vehicle Maintenance Today with the Safety Management Cycle!

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Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a set of documents that detail the Agency’s signature investigative tool: the Safety Management Cycle (SMC). With an SMC tailored to each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), these resources provide carriers and drivers with a tool to help them evaluate their safety practices and identify and address safety and compliance issues.

There are two SMC resources dedicated to the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC: one that focuses on cargo securement and another focusing on inspection, repair, and maintenance. By examining the six Safety Management Processes that make up the SMC—from defining policies and procedures and clarifying roles and responsibilities to taking meaningful action—carriers and drivers can gain a better understanding of the potential gaps in current safety practices and identify ways to improve. 

For example, who is responsible for informing a manager or mechanic if a safety-related problem is discovered or repairs are necessary before operating a vehicle? And, does the company have a system to ensure this communication happens and vehicles are repaired before being driven? Explore the Vehicle Maintenance SMC resources on the CSA Website’s SMC webpage to make sure you and your company have addressed these and many other important questions to ensure every vehicle is safe before it hits the road. Also make sure you review the safety regulations at

Help Needed: Art Contest Extended through March 15, 2013

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CVTA has received this announcement from Nichole Causey of FMCSA on Feb. 28, 2013.

Dear Partners,

I am writing to you to announce that the 2013 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Art Contest will be extended to March 15, 2013. To date we have received 4 entries. We really need at least two dozen to have enough for a competitive contest and to create the Annual Calendar that is such an effective tool for spreading the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Message.

Many of you have been busy promoting the contest on your Web sites and through social media. I thank you for your efforts. Now we need to take the next step and bring the contest home. I am including the Partner Resources again, maybe there’s a tool in there you haven’t used yet, or something new you can try.

With over thirty partners there are at least 500,000 people in the CMV Partnership network. We need to leverage this and reach out to parents, grandparents, teachers and others who have little budding artists in their lives.

On a personal note, I encourage you to consider sponsoring a child yourself. We too are eligible to sponsor the children in our lives. Let’s not miss an opportunity so close to home.

Your support is critical to the success of this contest. Please think of how you can contribute in the next two weeks.



Nichole Causey
Marketing Specialist
Outreach & Education
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE (W63-434)
Washington, DC 20590
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CVTA Members Participated in a Panel Entitled From Text Book to Log Book

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Brad Ball, Roadmaster Drivers Schools and Chuck Wirth, American Institute of Trucking recently participated in a panel entitled From Text Book to Log Book. The panel was held at the Truckload Carriers Association – Recruiting and Retention Conference, February 11-13, 2013 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

The session discussed how carriers and truck driver training schools should work together to recruit and retain new drivers to the industry. You will learn the best practices for building a good relationship with a school, what the roles of carriers and the schools should be in the relationship, and how to share information and resources to ensure that newly trained drivers have a smooth transition from their CDL training to being on the road alone.

  • The top reasons truck driving schools find that new drivers leave the industry and how to mitigate those concerns
  • Best practices for recruiters presenting to drivers-in-training at truck driver training schools
  • Matching the carrier’s business model to the school’s operational model to benefit both parties

AAMVA Publishes CDLIS and ACD Manual

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AAMVA Publishes CDLIS Documentation in Support of Release 5.3

As of February 22, 2013, the following documentation reflecting new CDLIS requirements is available for download from the AAMVA website at
• CDLIS Specifications (Release 5.3.1) - 5.3 excluding permit rule requirements
• CDLIS Specifications (Release 5.3.2) - 5.3 including permit rule requirements
• CDLIS State Procedures Manual (Release 5.3.2)  
This documentation includes provisions from the final permit rule (Commercial Driver's License Testing and Commercial Learner's Permit Standards), changes to medical certification requirements and additional changes / clarifications vetted by the CDLIS Working Group.  Additional details can be found in each associated change control document.
AAMVA will be scheduling webinars in the near future to assist with all aspects of Release 5.3, including;
• An overview of documentation content and updates,
• Assistance with understanding changes in requirements and potential impact state-side,
• Implementation options and associated time-lines, and
• Questions related to structure testing requirements.
For further information, please contact the AAMVA Help Desk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AAMVA Publishes Revised ACD Manual (Release 5.0.0)

As of February 22, 2013, the following documentation reflecting updates to the ACD Manual is available for download from the AAMVA website at  
• AAMVA Code Dictionary (ACD) Manual (Release 5.0.0)
• Implementation Planning Guide (Release 5.0.0)
This documentation includes ACD changes approved by the ACD Working Group that will become effective on September 1, 2013.  Updates include the addition of several new codes, plus clarifications and corrections to existing information.
AAMVA will be scheduling webinars in the near future to assist with the new ACD release.  For further information, please contact the AAMVA Help Desk at
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DOT Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Next ITS Strategic Research Plan, 2015-2019

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The U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Next ITS Strategic Research Plan, 2015-2019

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking public input as it develops the next version of the ITS Strategic Plan. A new document called An Open Dialogue on the Draft Focus and Themes for the Next ITS Strategic Research Plan: Engaging Stakeholders in Their Discussion and Development was released today and it identifies the ITS-related issues that USDOT will focus on for the rest of the decade.

The current  ITS Strategic Research Plan—2010-2014 established a focused research agenda to prepare the next generation of intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies for widespread deployment throughout the nation. This discussion document is the first step in developing the ITS research agenda for 2015 to 2019.

The purpose of the document is to identify the focus and themes for the next installment of the ITS Strategic Research Plan and invite stakeholders to participate in their discussion. This open dialogue will enable continuity of the USDOT’s current research programs while establishing new or redefined goals and objectives to meet emerging research needs.

The document presents the following broad themes for discussion:

  • Maturing Connected Vehicle Systems – Focuses on what is needed to accelerate the maturity of vehicle-based communications with surrounding systems
  • Piloting and Deployment Readiness – Focuses on the security, policy, business opportunities, capabilities, pilots, and incentives needed to support vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) implementation
  • Integrating with the Broader Environment – Focuses on the integration and decision support capabilities to enable V2V and V2I interaction with other governmental services and public utilities.

The discussion document provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives and help shape the future of federal ITS research.

To participate in the discussion, visit  The full document is available at


Additional ITS Resources on the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations Website

Legislative Report - 2.16.2013

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On February 11, 2013, the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) held its Mid-Winter Training & Business Meeting.  NASAA facilitates the efforts of the state approving agencies (SAAs) to promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all veterans and other eligible persons.  SAAs are established on a state-by-state basis to approve programs of education within each state and their primary responsibility and focus is the review, evaluation, and approval of quality programs of education and training under state and federal criteria.

A panel discussion entitled: Challenges and Opportunities: The GI Bill included representatives from the American Legion, VA, NASAA, National Association of Veteran's Program Administrators (NAVPA), StudentVeterans of America (SVA), and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW).  The panel discussion focused primarily on implementation efforts at the VA of the Principles of Excellence established by Executive Order 13607 and H.R. 4057, the Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-249).