Colorado Motor Carriers Association


2015 Top Tech Skills Competition
Set for April 25, 2015

Top Tech LogoThe Maintenance Council of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Colorado TopTech Skills Competition. This Competition is designed to test the skills of our local Technicians in multiple categories having to do with heavy duty maintenance. This competition will include a written test and several hands on work stations. The Competition will be held on April 25, 2015, at the Lincoln College of Technology Denver Campus, located at 11194 E. 45th Ave. Denver, CO 80239. The Competition will begin at 8:00am.
The overall winner in the Professional and Student categories will have the opportunity to represent Colorado at the 2015 National SuperTech Competition in Orlando, Florida, taking place the week of September 21, 2015. CMCA will help support the technician and their guest at the national competition as funds permit.

Click here for more information, entry forms and sponsorship information.

For additional information on Colorado TopTech Skills Competition please contact Tracy at 303-433-3375 ext. 103 or

FMCSA Provides Preview of Safety Fitness Determination (SFD)

Courtesy of Aaron Huff--CCJ
A spokesperson for the FMCSA gave some insight intowhat motor carriers can expect from the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule, which the agency eCSA 2015xpects to publish in June.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a three-part program. The Safety Measurement System (SMS) and CSA intervention process comprise the first two parts; the SFD rule is the third, said the spokesperson.

When the SFD rule is published, the agency will have he legal authority to assign monthly safety ratings-Satisfactory, Conditional or Unsatisfactory--to carriers based on an algorithim rather than conducting manual compliance reviews.



NEW Affordable Group Dental Options Available

National Benefits Consultants , our CMCA health insurance specialist, is proud to announce their partnership with Beta Dental and MetLife in an effort to help the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and their members save money on their dental needs.

National Benefits ConsultantsNational Benefits Consultants always strives to find solutions to help their clients increase benefits while at the same time saving them money, especially during these tough economic times. In the past few years we have seen many associations struggle to afford funding and even offer benefits to their employees.

CMCA is very excited to offer an extremely affordable Dual Choice dental program that will enable you to keep offering a high level of dental benefits to your employees all while saving YOU and your employees MONEY on their dental needs!!

Two Cost-Saving Options available - Click here for a Plan Summary. View detailed proposal on coverages and rates. Call MaryBeth to get signed up!



2014-2015 CMCA Safety Awards Nominations Now Open

Safety AwardsThis is a great opportunity to recognize your company, drivers, and safety professionals for their dedication to highway safety. Awards will be presented at the CMCA Safety Awards Banquet to be held in April 2015.

All nomination forms are available on the Safety News Page.  All forms need to be returned to the Colorado Motor Carriers Association by March 6, 2015 to be eligible.

If you have any questions about the Competition, please call Patti Gillette at (303) 433-3375, extension 104.



Schools of Note
Ray Smith Scholarship
Applications Now Being Accepted

The Colorado Motor Carriers Association is proud to continue our tradition for providing scholarships for worthy students.

Two types of scholarships are available:

One for college or University students

One for students wishing to study Diesel Mechanics & technology at a Technical School

Visit The Ray Smith Scholarship Page

These scholarships have eligibility criteria and are very competitive.  Applicants must be related to a CMCA member company by employment or family employment.

DEADLINE FOR FILING:  March 13, 2015

Applications and Details are available
on the Scholarship page.




Training Opportunities

2015 Training Seminars

CMCA Offers many training opportunities for both members and non-members.  Seminars are held around the State and at the CMCA training center in Denver. Take a look at this year's seminars on the training page.

2015 CMCA Convention

2015 Convention

The 2015 annual meeting will be held October 1-3, 2015 at The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Colorado.



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March 3, 2015 - Hotsheet Online

This week's Hotsheet has been posted.  It provides weekly news and is emailed to CMCA members a few days before posting on the website.

Intermodal Containers
West Coast Dock-Workers Reach New Contract

West Coast dockworkers and their employers reached a five-year contract deal Feb. 20, averting a shutdown of 29 ports that could have cost the U.S. economy $2 billion per day, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said.

The West Coast ports, responsible for 43.5% of U.S. trade, have been operating at reduced capacity since late October as dockworkers slowed cargo movements and port employers cut shifts. The deal came after Perez gave the dockworkers' union, shipping lines and terminal operators at the ports until Feb. 20 to respond to a contract settlement he proposed. If they didn't reach an agreement, he said he would move the talks to Washington next week.



"Quoteworthy" -- Comment on the Need for a Serious Transportation Funding Bill

Bridge Building

"Help us move the bill by talking to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle,"implored Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee." On my side of the aisle,"┬áhe said, “there are some who think, 'Oh we spend too much already.' But I think everybody in this room knows there needs to be significantly more investment into our infrastructure. And my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, when they see a new pot of money they want to come up with six or seven new programs. And we've really got to focus what we spend these dollars on."