Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
February 09, 2021

Virtual public engagement begins for Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project 

Community invited to submit comments 


EAGLE & SUMMIT COUNTIES - The Interstate 70 Vail Pass Rest Area serves a growing number of motorists, commercial operators, recreationalists and local travelers. After years of heavy use, the Vail Pass Rest Area facility is inadequate and no longer meets the needs of its users.

To better serve customers, the Colorado Department of Transportation is in the design phase of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project. The purpose of the project is to increase restroom user capacity, update the existing drinking water treatment system, increase parking capacity for all users, improve traffic circulation, accessibility and safety. Improvements will include better connectivity with nearby popular recreation opportunities.

CDOT invites the public to view and submit feedback on the proposed alternatives and review process. Please see further below for background information and goals for the project.


WHAT: Virtual public engagement period gathering feedback and questions.
A PDF presentation of the proposed alternatives and review process of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project is available for viewing. Comments and questions can be submitted via survey. Additional options for submitting feedback are detailed below.

WHEN: Comments will be received until Saturday, February 20, 2021. 

Virtual public engagement page on the Vail Pass Replacement Rest Area website: (click here to view)

Due to current limitations on public events during the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), CDOT is providing virtual opportunities for public engagement. Information about this study is shared and updated on the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project website (click here to view).

International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6 with Emphasis on Lighting and Hours of Service

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has set May 4-6 as the dates for this year’s International Roadcheck. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.


“CVSA shares the dates of International Roadcheck in advance to remind motor carriers and drivers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “International Roadcheck also aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”  Read More...


Freight Sector Partnership Survey


In an effort to help address the shortage of truck drivers that has been an on-going problem for many years, a Freight Sector Industry Partnership has been formed which includes freight industry leaders, employers, training providers, non-profit agencies and other supporting partners to develop a centralized program unlike any before to educate, promote and recruit talent. On behalf of the Freight Industry Sector Partnership, please take a few minutes to answer this survey. The information from the survey will help us understand underlying problems, issues, and challenges facing the industry and work needed to affect change. Please complete the survey by February 19 Click Here to Start Survey.


2021 Training Schedule
These classes and seminars will take place in-person pending any COVID changes in regulations.


Feb 11 - DOT Safety & Compliance Essentials (8am-4:30pm)
Feb 25 - What to do at the Scene of an Accident (8am-Noon).  This class is a limited capacity course that hasn’t been offered in two years. We only offer this seminar once this year, so please sign up quickly!”
Mar 2 - Drug/Alcohol Policies & Procedures (8am-Noon)
Mar 2 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)

CDC/TSA Mask Requirements for Transportation


Courtesy ATA

As you may have read, the CDC and TSA have issued directives regarding the applicability of “face mask requirements” for the transportation industry. Much of the content of the directives apply to public transportation, such as buses, railroads, and transit. However, there has been a lack of clarity with regard to the applicability to trucking.

The CDC directive specifically exempts:

“commercial motor vehicles or trucks as these terms are defined in 49 CFR 390.5, if the driver is the sole occupant of the vehicle or truck”.


Unfortunately, the directives do not specifically exempt situations where a driver is with another individual, i.e., team drivers. ATA staff recently concluded a call with FMCSA, TSA and CDC officials and raised this as a concern. The respective groups were receptive to the concern and stated they will discuss a potential exemption or specific clarification to the trucking industry.

The official CDC Mask Order and TSA Security Directive notices are below for your reference.

Economic Analysis: A Look Back at 2020


Courtesy TCA

The economy had a wild ride in 2020. It is worth a look back at a year that will certainly be one for the economic history books.


From the start of the pandemic in March through the end of the year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chronicled what was happening in the economy with frequent posts about the latest economic data. Most of those posts included charts. Read a compilation of some of the most interesting ones and view charts to see how far the economy has come.


Keep in mind the outlook for 2021 is strong because the pandemic will end this year. Vaccines will drive down cases and allow those business at the bottom of the “K” to finally begin to recover.  Read More...

Scholarship Applications Available

The 2021-2022 Ray Smith Scholarship applications are now available.  Eligible recipients include High School graduating seniors to returning College and Technical School students.  Scholarships valued at up to $2,500 will be awarded in May.

Annually, the Ray Smith Scholarship program helps fund continuing education / training for worthy students furthering their academic or technical training.  The Scholarship Program is funded through generous donations from CMCA members, memorial gifts and other fundraising activities.  For more information on the program, visit our website.

Download an ACADEMIC scholarship application

Download a VOCATIONAL scholarship application


Completed applications MUST be received in full by 4:00pm on April 30, 2021. 

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