CVTA Executive Director, Mike O'Connell appeared on Fox Business News today, November 9, 2010.
Why is it important for CVTA member schools to train their students to become a First Observer™'? The terrorism threat to America is real. Here is an example of terrorist activity over the last 45 days:
September 24, 2010 - Lebanese man in Chicago man was arrested and charged with an unusual terrorism plot; Sami Samir Hassoun was recorded by the FBI discussing plans to; poison Lake Michigan, bomb the Sears Tower building, and assassinate Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
September 28, 2010 - US and European officials detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States similar to what happened in Mumbai India in 2008.
We are pleased to announce that the CVTA Instructor Certification Program has been successfully updated, and is now available on the web. The changes that were made should greatly improve the ease with which instructors can access the testing site, and the accuracy of our record keeping.
- User Name: first and last name without anything between them, i.e. JohnDoe, JaneDoe, etc.
- Password: 123456 -- We strongly suggest you change this password after you log in.
- My Profile: The button shows at the top-right corner after you log-in. Please provide with your information. This is where you change your password. We will also ask your email during the user information change. Other fields are optional.
HOW TO TAKE THE TEST
- Click "My Learning Path" to see "My Courses."
- Click the course you want to take.
- Click Grade Exam when you are done. Exit Exam will cancel your exam.
All of your previously taken tests have been moved from the old system to the new system.
- Click My Transcript to see the test you have taken previously.
We just finished writing an app for the iPhone. "CDL Review" recaps all the topics that applicants must study to pass the Commercial Driver's License Test and offers over 400 practice multiple-choice test questions. The answers to the test questions are included in the app as are explanations as to why those answers are correct.
The app is currently going through a review and approval process and will then be available in the iPhone App store. We're anticipating a December launch.
We are also now writing short "how to" and "about" pieces for publication on various Web sites. Our first piece, "How to Climb into a Truck Cab" was just posted on www.ehow.com and you can follow this link to check it out: http://www.ehow.com/how_7451115_climb-truck-cab.html ... We'll be doing more stories like this in the future.
DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of November 1, 2010
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This special issue of Fast-Fax reprints in full the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s official response to questions that have been posed by drivers about CSA2010.
What is the DSMS?
The Safety Measurement System (SMS) assesses a carrier’s safety performance based on its roadside violations and crashes. The DSMS is a tool within the SMS used by enforcement staff only. Its primary purpose is to help enforcement staff assess driver safety as part of motor carrier investigations. The DSMS does this by identifying which of a motor carrier’s drivers to examine during that carrier’s compliance review. This enforcement tool uses a subset of violations to evaluate an individual driver’s safety performance across employers. Appendix A in the SMS Methodology Report shows the violations used in the DSMS.
Who Can See the DSMS?
Only enforcement staff will have access to the DSMS for use during motor carrier safety investigations. Neither drivers nor employing motor carriers will have access to the DSMS. While some third-party vendors are developing and marketing CSA2010 driver scorecards, these companies do not have access to full driver violation histories in FMCSA databases. FMCSA has not and will not validate any vendors’ scorecards or data.
What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) and How Does it Impact CSA2010?
PSP is a new, voluntary FMCSA program mandated by Congress that is designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual drivers’ safety performance as part of the hiring process. PSP is a completely separate program from CSA2010. Additionally, PSP does not provide a rating, score or formal assessment of any kind. Drivers are encouraged to obtain and review their PSP report before applying for new jobs, and request a review of any potentially inaccurate data through FMCSA’s DataQs program. While the PSP is not part of CSA2010, the safety data accessible through PSP is the same data that the DSMS and enforcement staff use during motor carrier investigations.
Will FMCSA Use CSA2010 to Remove CMV Drivers From Their Jobs?
No. CSA2010 does not give FMCSA new authority to remove drivers from their jobs and cannot be used to publicly rate or assess drivers’ safety performance in the way carriers are rated or assessed today.Other important facts related to driver employment are outlined below.
- Carriers will not inherit any of a newly hired driver’s past violations. Only those inspections and crashes that a driver is involved in while operating under a carrier’s authority can be applied to a carrier’s SMS.
- Similar to today’s SafeStat, tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating their personal vehicles do not count in the new SMS.
- Neither FMCSA nor CSA2010 restricts drivers based on BMI, weight or neck size.
- Drivers should ask current and potential motor carrier employers about their safety performance as measured under CSA2010. Drivers and carriers with strong safety performance histories stand to benefit from the new compliance and enforcement program.
Can FMCSA use CSA2010 to Revoke a Driver’s CDL?
No. CSA2010 does not give FMCSA the authority to revoke a CDL. Only state agencies responsible for issuing CDLs have the authority to suspend or revoke them.
- The CDL Program is completely separate from CSA2010. FMCSA has developed and issued standards for the testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require states to issue CDLs only after the driver has passed knowledge and skills tests related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.
- The data kept by a state (i.e. tickets, citations, written warnings, convictions) and the data that are kept by the Federal government and used in the DSMS (i.e. violations from roadside inspections and crash reports) are separate. Drivers may review the data kept by the Federal Government through the PSP program referenced above and may request a review of the Federal data through FMCSA’s DataQs system.
How Does CSA2010 Affect a Motor Carriers’ Employment of CMV Drivers?
Under CSA2010, FMCSA continues to hold motor carriers responsible for the safety performance of the drivers they employ. This is a long-standing FMCSA position and is not unique to CSA2010. All inspections and crashes that a driver receives while under the authority of a carrier will remain part of the carrier’s SMS data for two years unless overturned through the DataQs system, even if the carrier terminates the driver.
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Day after day and night after night, stories of unemployment and the bad economy dominate headlines. This story is not one of them. There's an industry where employers can't find enough people to hire for high-paying jobs.
Tristan Worell is searching for the right path, and he hopes he's found it behind the wheel of a truck.
"Going over the road, exploring different states, cities," Worell said.
It's not been an easy road for Worrell, who went straight out of college and straight into unemployment.
"I'm 24 years old; it's pretty tough," he said. "I came out expecting... Continue to read more...
Covenant Transport, Inc., Chattanooga, TN is pleased to announce that professional driver Barbara Schultz has been selected as a Captain for the Tennessee Trucking Association's Road Team.
Barbara was one of eight candidates vying for one of six open positions. A Covenant over-the-road driver since 2008, Barbara has driven over 300,000 accident-free miles with the company. Road Team Captains are ambassadors of the trucking industry to the public, and it is an honor to be selected to this elite group of professional men and women. Barbara will serve an 18-month term, representing Covenant Transport and the trucking industry at public engagements around the state of Tennessee.
Trucking 'rebirth' the theme of ATA's annual meeting
"There's only one thing certain in the trucking industry today," American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said. "And that is that these are game-changing times." (The Trucker: KEVIN JONES)
By KEVIN JONES
The Trucker Staff
PHOENIX - Trucking is poised to rise from the ashes of recession, the industry's top booster told carrier executives, truck makers and vendors gathered Monday in the Valley of the Sun - although most of those in trucking shouldn't expect business to take off for at least another year.
"Here we are, looking to resurrect a trucking industry, not only from the economic ruins of the past two years, but also anticipating a rebirth influenced by a myriad complicated national and international factors," American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said, opening the annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition with his State of the Industry address. "But the timing of that rise back to profitability, back to robust freight volumes, back to the need for new trucks and trailers, back to having the headache over where to find drivers - the timing of that anticipated recovery keeps eluding us."
In addition to the stagnant economy, other factors include "political gridlock" and the "proposed activist policy and regulatory agenda in Washington," according to Graves.
Indeed, he said trucking still faces "the most significant changing times" since deregulation in the 1980s.
Among "the list of issues that we're expected to manage our way through," Graves pointed to CSA 2010, Hours of Service, electronic logging, fuel efficiency standards, finding a way to pay for infrastructure improvements, the shift to alternative fuels for trucks, an "assault" on the independent contractor model, driver pay, and adapting to the nation's need for additional freight capacity.
"There's only one thing certain in the trucking industry today," he said. "And that is that these are game-changing times."
The inability of policy makers to settle on a long-term transportation funding plan is the result of "both political parties pandering shamelessly to voters," touting "outside-the-box solutions" rather than tackling the tough - but most effective - solution: increasing fuel taxes. And so responsible governance has become secondary to "political cleverness" in Congress and the White House, Graves suggested.
"As a result, many of our critical issues will go unresolved, or will be resolved in a manner guided by political expediency rather that by what's good public policy for the nation," he said. "You can't build world class infrastructure without money. Roads aren't free and they're not cheap."
Other policy issues on ATA's watch list include the owner-operator ban by the Port of L.A. and a push to persuade fleets to convert to natural gas-powered trucks.
On a positive note, he credited fleets with a "safety first" culture for a 20 percent decline in fatality accidents - and the political goodwill that earns on Capitol Hill and in state capitols.
"Any time we can begin a conversation with a public official on a positive note about our safety performance will dramatically improve our chances of successfully gaining their support on whatever issue we are primarily there to discuss," Graves said.
By Gordon Dickson
FORT WORTH, Texas – Michael Brock is hitting the open road in search of job security. After two decades of construction jobs, he is tired of being laid off when times get tough. He enrolled at the C1 Truck Driver Training in Benbrook, Texas, and plans to become a long-distance driver. "Construction is not stable enough for me," Brock, 43, said during a recent class. "Driving a truck is a stable industry. As long as you keep your report clean, you've got a job."
Americans as a whole may be struggling to find work after a long recession, but there are jobs aplenty in the cab of an 18-wheeler. Trucking companies are reporting a shortage of drivers nationwide, which could delay shipments and ultimately raise... Continue to read more.
- Market forces create critical need for drivers
- CSA2010 Approaches: Compliance is More Important Than Ever
- Trucking Schools Brace for Influx
- Truck Stops Going Green
- Agency Forced to Issue Hours Rule
- Randall-Reilly publications bring the printed word to life with Microsoft Tag barcodes
- DOT Finalizes Ban on Texting While Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle
- The Transportation Industry Gears Up for a Busy Fall, Winter
- FMCSA Makes Several Requests to Change On-Going Information Collection Activities
- Enrollment is up at trucking schools