2014-2015 CMCA Safety Awards Nominations Now Open
This 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.
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
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.
COOPR -- Colorado Oversize Overweight Permitting & Routing
COOPR is CDOT's exciting new oversize overweight permitting and routing system. COOPR launched November 11, 2014 and will revolutionize permitting in Colorado. COOPR's features include:
100% web-based application – accessible to all users with an internet connection
Based on a complete routable GIS database of the State of Colorado
Routing and permitting on performed for State maintained roads
Includes all oversize overweight restrictions in the State
Utilizes automated integration with COTrip – restrictions automatically updated
Provides safe, efficient routing for all permit loads in the state
Integration with credit card processing
Allows for 24/7 self issue for permits within CDOT's envelope
Performs bridge analysis for Chapter 6 loads
What can COOPR do for Colorado oversize overweight carriers?
COOPR will revolutionize oversize overweight permitting in Colorado:
24/7 access and self-issue within envelope limits
Save vehicle inventory and allow for easy and quick permit applications
Detailed turn-by-turn driving directions and interactive map display for safe travel
Restriction notification for new restrictions that affect active permits
Potential one-stop system for all state and local permits
A COOPR training session will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 10am-12pm, in the basement conference room of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association located at 4060 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80216.
If you are involved in the application process for the permitting of your company’s Oversize/Overweight loads, this is for you! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 COHMED Conference Set for January 26-30, 2015 at Long Beach, CA
The COHMED Conference is presented by the Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development (COHMED) Program. This partnership works to foster coordination, cooperation and communication between federal, state and local agencies that have regulatory and enforcement responsibility for the safe transportation of hazardous materials and the industry that they regulate.
The conference provides a place for industry to voice concerns and thoughts about the enforcement of hazardous materials transportation. It is both an information sharing and problem-solving forum. Check with the Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance for registration details.
Diesel Cost Now Lowest Since 2011
December is the sixth consecutive month of falling crude oil prices. Oil is now below $50 a barrel and continues to drop. It reflects continued growth in U.S. oil production, strong global supply and weakened oil demand due to economic declines in many countries. Diesel and gasoline prices in the U.S. clearly reflect this decline.
The sharp declines have increased market uncertainty of future prices. Sustained low prices may curtain production by high-cost producers such as Britain's North Sea oil fields.
U.S. Shale oil production is also becoming increasingly less profitable as world prices decline.
To some extent, OPEC's ongoing strategy of not reducing output is related to Middle-Eastern politics as it affects the revenues ISIS can generate from captured oil fields in Syria and Iraq.
Bottom line is that future prices for the trucking industry are highly unpredictable.
Courtesy: Energy Information Administration, and TruckingInfo.com.
New ATA Survey Shows Driver Pay is Competitive
A new study by the American Trucking Associations contends that median pay for truck drivers in the U.S. is on par with the national median for U.S. households, while the trucking industry offers driver's competitive benefits. Median U.S. household income is just over $53,000.
These are the findings of the 2014 Driver Compensation Study, which surveyed over 130 fleets covering more than 130,000 drivers.
"Fleets are raising pay and offering generous benefit packages in order to attract and keep their drivers in the face of a growing driver shortage," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. "As the economy grows, we are seeing an ever more competitive driver market," Costello said. "The data in this report will be critical for fleets looking to recruit and retain the best drivers."
A copy of the report can be ordered through ATA's website.