Colorado Motor Carriers Association
2013 Colorado Truck Driving Championships Fast Approaching
June 1 is the date for the annual truck driving championships competitions. The event will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Preparations are all but complete. Of course CMCA welecomes event sponsors in various categories as well as volunteers to help run the operation. Visit our TDC page for complete details and forms for the event.
TopTech Competition Speaks Well of Colorado Motor Fleet Maintenance
On April 27th., the CMCA Maintenance Council hosted the TopTech Competition, a skills competition open to any CMCA member company. The idea was to honor the best diesel mechanics in Colorado and focus more attention to the outstanding job being done by fleet mechanics throughout the State.
The competition was held at Lincoln College of Technology which provided a first rate facility for this sort of event. A number of sponsors were onboard and the event was a showcase for maintenance practices in Colorado. Winner names, fleets and their pictures can now be found on the Maintenance page of this website.
Colorado winners now will represent Colorado at the National SuperTech Competition in September. Here are some images from the April competition.
Survey Reflects Greater Use of Elogs, Increased Attention by Carriers and Shippers on CSA Scores
Results from Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey found that the percentage of carriers utilizing electronic logs (elogs) on all their trucks increased dramatically in just three quarters: from twenty-five percent in May 2012 to thirty-five percent of carriers in February 2013. Two-thirds of responding carriers are already testing or utilizing elogs on their trucks and another ten percent of carriers are considering but have yet to make the transition. Seventy-one percent of smaller carriers are still not utilizing elogs, while forty-three percent of larger carriers have all their trucks on elogs. This may be reflective of larger truck lines having the financial resources to fund, train, and manage compliance, while the smaller carriers are postponing the expense until the deadline. “Carriers we have spoken with who have fully implemented elogs in their operations report improved CSA scores,” notes Steven Dutro, TCP partner.
Carriers have also continued to undertake multiple efforts to improve their CSA scores over the last three years. The most common approach remains educating drivers, but sixty-four percent have also changed how they handle sub-performing drivers. Almost fifty-percent have changed their hiring standards, and/or have changed their incentive programs for clean inspections. “The industry continues to report adjusting to CSA, but in varying degrees and still with some controversy over reporting,” observes Richard Mikes, TCP partner.
Carriers were also surveyed on the cost of CSA compliance and on the level of shippers’ concerns about CSA scores. Thirty-four percent of carriers believe the compliance cost is less than $500 per driver, while thirty-five percent believe compliance costs are between $501 and $1,000. Carriers report the number of shippers who are concerned about carrier CSA scores increased slightly, from seventy-nine percent to eighty-four percent since May of 2012. Courtesy of Transport Capital.
Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA for Reworking
The DOT's Office of the Secretary (OST) has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to re-look at it's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for heavy truck speed limiters. NHTSA, the agency that manages standards for new vehicles, said it expects to resubmit the proposal around July 26.
Speed governors, as a safety tool have been supported by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) since before 2005 when ATA and "Roadsafe America" petitioned NHTSA to require speed limiters set to 68 mph on trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds. ATA maintains that the governors would promote safe and uniform truck operation by reducing speed differentials that increase vehicle interactions and lead to unsafe maneuvering.
Others in the industry oppose the idea. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in particular is long on record against speed governors. OOIDA contends that they harm the driver's ability to operate safely.
The speed limiter Notice of Proposed Rule Making has already been submitted twice so no early decision on this is expected.
Rolls on June 22
Sign up now for the CMCA 5th Annual Charity Ride. It will be held June 22 and is a chance to help a good cause while cruising into the mountains on your cool wheels.
Sponsored by Navajo Shippers and the CMCA Allied Conference, the ride starts off at Navajo Shippers with a 8:30 am breakfast, takes a turn up toward Black Hawk and ends at the Platt River Grill.
There is a small registration fee and all proceeds will be donated to Craig Hospital.
RMRSR Summer Meeting will be in Colorado Springs
The Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendevous rotates around the western states every summer. This year's meet will be Coloardo's turn to host the meeting. It will be in Colorado Springs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from July 17-19, 2013.
The RMRSR is unique in that it provides a western focus on safety issues faced by western state carriers and enforcement operations. Of course there are also national speakers, but this is a chance for networking with your counterparts in adjacent states.
Full details and signup forms are on the Safety News page.
I-70 Mountain Corridor "Best Practices" Available
Long a leader in improving transportation in the I-70 Mountain Corridor through Colorado, CMCA has created a comprehensive "Best Practices" document to assist motor carriers in navigating this stretch of mountain highway.
Simplifying Social Media for Business
Would you like to use social media for your business, but just don't know where to start?
CMCA has teamed up with ActionCOACH to host a free seminar on using social media in business. The two hour event will take place May 29th. 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the CMCA offices at 4060 Elati St., Denver, Colorado.
Topics included in the seminar include:
- Selecting online media tools to best fit your business.
- Targetting specific audiences online.
- How to increase your page rank on Google searches.
- 2013 trends that affect marketing strategies.
- Techniques for integrating your total marketing reach.
CMCA and J.J. Keller Offer Online Training Library
J.J. Keller has created a library of 100 full-length, video-based training programs on avast range of programs for the motor carrier industry. J.J. Keller has also setup a full training curriculum for online, self-pased learning. It includes a record keeping system that includes tools needed to add/edit employee information, to schedule and record training sessions and to monitor training activity.
Through the CMCA affiliate program, this vast collection of training material is available to members at a discounted price. Contact J.J. Keller online or at 800 327-6869 for details.
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Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor as DOT Leader
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been pegged as outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood’s replacement as the head of the Department of Transportation, according to multiple reports today, which say that President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Foxx sometime Monday for the Secretary of Transportation position.
LaHood announced in January he would not be staying as the Secretary of Transportation. He was the only Republican in Obama’s Cabinet in the president’s first term.
To officially become Secretary of Transportation, the Senate must confirm Foxx after Obama’s official nomination.