75th CMCA Conference at the Broadmoor
Registration Now Open
The Colorado Motor Carriers Association is planning its diamond jubliee convention this year at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs.
Set for November 6-8, 2014, this year's meeting will be brimming with events and National speakers to mark the diamond anniversary of the organization. As is our ongoing policy, we will be announcing speakers over the next couple of months.
This year's Conference golf tournament will be at the renowned "Kissing Camels" golf course at the Garden of the Gods Club on November 6th. This private 27-hole golf course with its lush mountain landscape and bunkered greens has been the site of many famous matches and tournaments through the years. Playing at Kissing Camels is an experience you won't want to miss.
Online Registration is now open for both the conference and hotel rooms at the Broadmoor. Visit the CMCA convention page on this website for the login links and get ready for the biggest event of the CMCA year. Don't delay, this year's gala conference promises to be a sell-out. Conference registration and hotel reservations must be made separately.
All details are explained on the convention page and registration is very easy. Payment can be by credit card or check.
Speakers for this Year's CMCA Conference
Dave Osiecki - Executive Vice President of National Advocacy at ATA
Phillip L. Byrd - ATA Chairman and President/CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express
Dan Baker – Nationally known speaker, teacher and consultant to the trucking industry
Driver Shortage Expected to Hit 240,000 by 2020 Despite Growth in Driver Supply
One of the industry's biggest problems these days is driver shortages, according to John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research at Stilfel, Nicolas & Co. Mr. Larkin was speaking at the TMW Systems' annual users conferences on September 22 in Nashville, TN.
According to Larkin the problem is most severe for truckload carriers and higher pay is not an easy solution to the problem. He said that fleets with generous pay are also having trouble recruiting drivers.
Demographics and an aging population are part of the problem, according to Larkin. The U.S. population is expected to grow at only about .5% in coming years and the workforce is also a declining part of the population. "The younger generation is not large enough to backfill an aging population," he said.
A greater percentage of youth are now going to college than in years past, he said, and those with college degrees are less likely to become truck drivers. Another reason for the shortage is that young people, just out of high school are not good driver candidates. They don't have the maturity and decision-making skills to drive a large rig. Most carriers don't want drivers younger than 25 years old. So by the time the the high school grads hit 25 they have often already found other blue-collar careers.
Other factors discussed by Larkin include the regulatory environment of trucking, the micro management of drivers by electronic controls and the lifestyle requirements of a long haul driver.
Truck drivers, he said, on average live 16 years less than the average American. Their life expectancy is 61 compared to 77 years for non-drivers. The reasons include poor sleeping conditions leading to sleep disorders, poor diet leading to obesity and diabetes. Finally, Larkin said, is the pay issue. There is a wage gap of about 12% between truck drivers and the average American. That gap is a constant source of mental grief and frustration for drivers.
Mr. Larkin suggested several solutions to the complex problem. These include: a more realistic pay strategy that doesn't rely entirely on loaded miles. Drver's don't have complete control on hours and miles and that leads to frustration. He also suggested carriers try to improve the driver lifestyle. Getting drivers home on a regular basis improves both their sleep patterns and social community. He also suggested encouraging exercise, healthly eating habits and encouraging drivers to quit smoking.
Looking ahead, Larkin said that better roads and less congrestion would help, but that increased intermodal and "driverless" trucks may be in the future. Courtesy www.truckinginfo.com.
FMCSA "Encouraging" Carriers to Move to ELDs Ahead of the Rulemaking
According to former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg, speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is using enforcement tactics to "encourage" carriers to move from paper logs to Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). Ms. Sandberg is now owner of TransSafe Consulting.
Mandatory ELDs is still in the future with the comment period having just closed in July, but it's a high priority for both Congress and the Administration, according to Sandberg.
She maintains that FMCSA, when discovering log falsification during hours of service audits has encourage carriers to agree to implement electronic logs if they want anything more than a conditional safety rating. The implementation, Sandberg said, has to happen within 90 days.
The story was reported by Truckinginfo.com this week. Check the website for more of Annette Sandberg's comments on what is happening at FMCSA.
NOTE: The Electronic Logging Device shown in the picture above is from Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket and is called the VDO RoadLog. This device features an integrated printer and USB data transfer with no monthly fee. The EOBR device was demonstrated at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show. EOBR stands for Electronic On Board Recorders and has been the general FMCSA term for hours of service monitors.
Green Fleet Conference & Expo
The Ninth Green Fleet Conference and Expo will take place Oct 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The keynote speaker will be Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy. John Viera from Ford Motor Co. is also a headline speaker.
The conference features over nine hours of workshops on managing and lowering fuel consumption. Target fleets cover a wide spectrum ranging from cars and limos to heavy duty trucks. Here is the full 2014 GFC schedule.
Electronic Logging Will be Focus at Western Slope Meeting
On October 16, 2014, the Western Slope CMCA Chapter will meet in Grand Junction. Dave Gisseman from Rand McNally will discuss Electronic Logging Devices. There will also be a regulatory update from FMCSA and CSP representatives.
This is a breakfast meeting with breakfast starting at 7:00 am and the meeting getting underway at 7:30 am. The session will be held at Wagner Equipment, 2322 I-70 Frontage Road. Cost (including breakfast) is $12 for CMCA members and $30 for non-members. Please RSVP using the CMCA registration system.
ATA Issues Guidance to Motor Carriers Regarding Sleep Apnea Screening
The American Trucking Associations has issued guidance designed to assist motor carriers and drivers when discussing obstructive sleep apnea with medical examiners. The guidance informs motor carrier about recent changes to the medical examiner certification process and provides suggested questions trucking companies and drivers can use to frame a discussion with doctors about reasonable expectations for the OSA screening and treatment.
Also included in the guidance is an explanation of what is required of the medical examiner under current regulations and clarification of many common misconceptions on sleep apnea.