Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
March 16, 2021

"Virtual" March 17th Board Meeting to Cover Unemployment Fraud 


Many of our companies have reported that they have received notification of unemployment claims filed against the company by unknown individuals, current employees, or even by someone posing as them.  These fraudulent claims appeared to mushroom as states sought to respond to a huge increase in unemployed individuals associated with the COVID pandemic and its economic impacts.  Fraudsters have sought to take advantage of the massive influx of real unemployment applications that states were scrambling to process and provide funds to people in need.  It now has reached a point where Colorado and other states have received more fraudulent applications than trues ones.  Overall the Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment  (CDLE) has reported  1.1 million fraudulent claims that have been filed since the pandemic began, compared to the 1,043,760 legit claims that have been filed and processed. While $7 billion was prevented from being paid out, the labor agency said about $10 million was paid to accounts deemed fraudulent. The state is trying to recover that money.

At 10:15 AM (Wed.) tomorrow the CDLE team combatting fraud will be discussing the issue at our Board of Directors meeting via Zoom.  We encourage you to join us and learn more.


If you want to join us – the meeting will begin at 10am via Zoom – contact to get the link.


2021 Upcoming Training Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, these classes and seminars will take place in-person pending any COVID changes in regulations.
Mar 25 - "Virtual" IFTA Workshop (1pm-3pm)

This free workshop is being presented by the Colorado Department of Revenue and will cover:  What is IFTA?  How do I register?  How do I navigate?
Training outcome: Help members become compliant.

The deadline to register is March 23rd - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Mar 31 - Surviving DOT Audits (8am-Noon)
*RESCHEDULED* Apr 5 - What to do at the Scene of an Accident (8am-Noon).  This Seminar Covers:  How to respond to the accident, how to help drivers through the requirements of statements, testing, and so forth.
Apr 8 - Designated Employer Representative (8am-4:30pm)
Apr 10 - Brake Certification (9am-Noon)
Apr 14 - Disc Brake Certification (9am-Noon)
*NEW*  Apr 20 - "VIRTUAL" DOT Files and Recordkeeping (8am-Noon) 
Apr 22 - OSHA & Trucking (9am-Noon)
Safety Technologies Webinar

Dear Clean Trucking Strategy Stakeholders,

We would like to invite you to provide input on the Colorado Clean Truck Strategy by completing a brief survey about the medium and heavy duty vehicles in your fleet. We anticipate that it will take you less than 5 minutes to participate and your input is critical to the state’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing this sector. The survey will close on March 22, 2021.

In July 2020, the state of Colorado signed a multi-state Memorandum of Understanding to work collaboratively to advance the market for electric trucks and buses. At the same time, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced the Clean Trucking Strategy effort, a public process to work with industry and community stakeholders to develop a broad set of strategies to reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. With transportation now the largest source of air pollution in Colorado -- and with our economy increasingly reliant on freight, as exemplified during the COVID-19 crisis -- it is critical that the state develop a thoughtful and balanced approach that provides a pathway for emissions reductions from this key sector.

The state held a series of public listening sessions in Fall 2020 to gather feedback and is now working with M.J. Bradley & Associates to collect and analyze data on medium and heavy duty fleet vehicles operating in Colorado. Hearing directly from Colorado fleets through this survey will provide important contextual information on how these vehicles are currently being used and will greatly enhance our ability to develop Colorado-specific strategies.  

We understand that fleet data is business sensitive information and you may participate in the survey anonymously. If you choose to share your contact information with us, know that any data you provide for this survey will be aggregated and not directly attributed to your company or location in any public reports, documents or presentations.

Thank you for your participation in this important effort. Please feel free to share the survey link with other fleets.  We look forward to sharing the results of this data collection and analysis effort with you in Spring/Summer 2021. Please refer to the Colorado Clean Truck Strategy webpage for updates and information or email us at with questions or comments.

Crash Trends a 'Concern', FMCSA Officials Say at Safety Meeting


Courtesy Transport Topics

Speeding, distracted driving, work zone accidents and a lack of seat belt use in fatal truck-occupant crashes remain “areas of concern” among federal trucking regulators, according to a top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


Those challenges are joined by the persistent uptick in recent years in the number of heavy truck-involved fatal crashes, said Bill Bannister, chief of FMCSA’s analysis division. A more recent area of concern is an increase in the number of truck-involved pedestrian fatalities, Bannister said.  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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