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A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
July 26, 2022
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Ray Smith Scholarship Recipients


The following students were awarded Ray Smith Scholarships for the 2022/2023 time frame.  Their affiliated CMCA member companies are also listed.  In total, the CMC Foundation awarded $20,500 in scholarships this year.


Shelby Olson – City of Loveland

Natalie Byers – Front Range Compliance Services

Dante Gavito – Gavito Trucking

Joseph Korte – V-Y Truckline

David Meisgeier – Werner Enterprises

Hollis Hanson – First Fidelity Bank

Nancy Carrola – Iron Woman Construction

Colin Evridge – Colorado State Patrol

Peyton Roby – Iron Woman Construction

Aiden Highsmith

Ethan Jensen – Envision Images


Congratulations to all the students, their families and their companies, and thank you to all who support the Foundation!



NHTSA Updates Rear Impact Guard Safety Standards


Also on July 15, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a final rule updating the agency’s rear underride safety standards, adopting requirements similar to Transport Canada’s standard for rear impact guards. Adopting these standards will require rear impact guards to provide sufficient strength and energy absorption to protect occupants of compact and subcompact passenger cars impacting the rear of trailers at 35 miles/56 kilometers per hour. The final rule is effective on Jan. 11, 2023. The compliance date is July 15, 2024. Optional early compliance is permitted. Petitions for reconsideration are due by Aug. 29.

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Update - July 27, 2022


Two Locations in Denver 


This seminar is brought to you by KCG, CMCA, and FMCSA and is designed to bring you updates on the Clearinghouse, statistics, and known weaknesses as well as discuss common issues and solutions. Do you need assistance with anything pertaining to the Clearinghouse? 


Join this educational seminar which will cover the most up-to-date information about Clearinghouse operations by the FMCSA staff expert! Please bring your questions or send them ahead at registration.


This seminar is FREE for all. 
Speaker: Gian Marshall, Program Administrator, FMCSA 
Morning Session:
9:30 am to 11:30 am: Alison Event Venue 
1913 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80223 


Afternoon Session:
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Adams County Government Center
4430 S Adams County Parkway, Brighton, 80601 (Platte River A and B).  Please park on West side of Complex.

Please RSVP and send questions in advance to us at


Download printable flyer here!



Reminder: USDOT CBD Products and Medical Marijuana Use Policy


Employers and drivers are reminded that 49 CFR Part 40 does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason. A physician recommendation for medical marijuana or use of a CBD product is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed marijuana positive result. Positive drug tests account for 82% of the total violations reported in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse since January 6, 2020. As of the April 2022 Clearinghouse monthly report, marijuana has been detected in almost half of all the drug tests that have been reported in the Clearinghouse (negative test results are not reported). Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, USDOT-regulated CDL drivers should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products. For more information, read the USDOT’s “Medical Marijuana Notice” and “CBD Notice”.



Western Slope In-Person Meeting

Tues. August 2, 2022 ~ 10:00am

Wagner Equipment~Grand Junction


Topic:  Overview of Nikola Battery Electric Truck


Speaker:  Dan Cassaday, Wagner Equipment

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There is No Charge, but Advance Registration is REQUIRED.


Click here to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.
Upcoming Training...
Aug 10 - Annual DOT Inspection Seminar (8am-Noon) - NEW Class Location:  MHC, 7007 Sandown Rd., Denver, CO 80216
Aug 22-26: NATMI Safety Certification Course (8am-5pm)
Sept 15 - DOT Safety & Compliance Essentials (8am-4:30pm)
Oct 13 - DOT Files and Recordkeeping (8am-Noon)
Oct 15 - Brake Certification (9am-Noon)
Aug 22-26: NATMI Safety Certification Course (8am-5pm every day)
NATMI: Motor Fleet Safety Basics-Aug 22 & 23
This “Fleet Safety 101” program is designed to provide training on effective implementation of safety-related policies and procedures.
NATMI: Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs-Aug 24 & 25
This course is designed to provide transportation safety directors with the vision and skills that they need to manage an effective safety program.
NATMI: Certification Exam-Aug 26
Want to become certified?  Now you can do it for less money and in less time.


Join Us as CMCA hosts the TSA Transportation Security Template and Assessment Review Toolkit (T-START) Workshop on August 17th
Workshop Overview 
The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities within the Highway Motor Carrier (HMC) industry, school bus, motorcoach and trucking communities by helping companies to develop comprehensive and tailored security plans using a TSA-provided Security Plan template.
The workshop incorporates an industry-specific threat briefing and hands-on instructions on how to use and modify the Security Plan template.
Security Plan Development 
TSA designed the Security Plan template to help surface transportation companies and operators develop effective security plans and activities based on industry best practices and requirements.

The template combines emergency preparedness components and activities into a single document, providing companies and operators a foundation to develop tailored, operator-specific security and emergency procedures.
Please note: This workshop requires each participant to have access to a laptop computer with Windows OS and Microsoft Word 2016 (or newer).  

Space is filling up fast for this event! Please email to RSVP so that you can attend.


Register today!

Business 2 Business Reverse Trade Show
An appointment-only event!

Thursday, August 18, 2022


TopGolf ~ 16011 Grant St. ~ Thornton, CO 80023
12:00pm-3:00pm - Lunch and Business to Business appointments
3:00pm-5:00pm - Networking and Golf


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Trucking Companies Click HERE


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