2015 Top Tech Skills Competition
Set for April 25, 2015
The 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.
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For additional information on Colorado TopTech Skills Competition please contact Tracy at 303-433-3375 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 expects 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.
Join Us to Celebrate Safety!
The Banquet is Set for April 10, 2015
Please plan on attending the 2015 Safety Awards Banquet on April 10, 2015. The Banquet, honoring the best drivers, safest fleets and top safety professionals, will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Boulevard / Denver).
Doors open at 6:15pm, followed by a Reception / Cash Bar at 6:30pm and Dinner at 7:00pm. The cost is $70 / person.
This is the CMCA’s Premier Safety Recognition event, and a great place to support our yearlong safety programs. Sponsorships are available.
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Sporting Clay Shoot
4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot
Friday May 8, 2015
46700 E. County Rd 30
9:00am Shooting Starts
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Registration Deadline is May 1, 2015!
2015 Colorado Truck Driving Championships Set for June 6th.
The 49th Annual Colorado Truck Driving Championships will be held on June 6th., at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton, Colorado.
This is a major event in Colorado Trucking and is well attended by drivers, driver friends and families and company officials.
Colorado winners from the June competition will have a chance to complete in the National Truck Driving Championships at American's Center, St. Louis, MO between August 11-15, 2015.
Needed Application forms and other information have now been posted on the website. Visit the TDC page to get started.
States Looking At Creative Ways to Support Highway Funding
With Congress continuing to not devise a national solution for maintaining the highway infrastructure, various states have begun to look at alternative financing solutions. Ideas being examined include state fuel taxes, use of sales taxes, toll roads and bonded loans.
BONDING IN WISCONSIN
Bonding is a solution being examined in Wisconsin where the proposed state budget includes borrowing $1.3 billion to pay for road work. Bonding would be required because there is no certainty of how Wisconsin would pay for the loan. Governor Scott Walker has already ruled out hiking the state's fuel taxes or vehicle registration fees.
LOUISANA STATE FUEL TAX
Meanwhile Louisiana is considering raising the state fuel taxes and even allowing municipalities the option of imposing their own gas taxes.
Toll roads is still seen as a quick fix by some. Paul Ryan (R-Wi) recently proposed changing the Federal highway laws to allow states the "freedom to choose" use of tolled highways.
"We shouldn't be denied the ability to do it if we want to," he explained. "That's the point I would make. It's more of a states' rights thing." Ryan further explained that he saw this as a means of bridging the gap before and fairer system like electronic mileage-based user fees could be implemented.
THE ARIZONA SHUFFLE
Arizona legislatures just passed a State budget that would shift highway funds between various uses while avoiding a proposed hike of vehicle registration fees.
Courtesy Truckinginfo.com and others