Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
March 9, 2021



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 March 16th 

Click Here to Start Survey.


Opinion: Investing in transportation is the key to Colorado’s COVID economic recovery


A substantial commitment to our infrastructure would represent a desperately-needed lifeline and send a message that Colorado won’t be left behind in competing for jobs and business.


By Walt Sanders

As of December 2020, Colorado had the fourth-highest unemployment level in the nation, with only Hawaii, Nevada and California having a worse rate. This is a far cry from early in 2020 when the state had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  

Clearly COVID-19 has been the main culprit, but our economy will not magically come back even after that crisis ebbs.  Many businesses have closed and won’t reopen while others have restructured and downsized their staffing.  Read More...


Driver Videos Wanted!

Do you want to showcase your drivers?  All your drivers have great stories and history – help us show the world! 


We would like your help identifying drivers who would like to submit a video that will be shared through the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) marketing channels to showcase trucking as a vital industry.


We would like to feature minute-long (approximately 60 seconds) smart phone videos that a truck driver can take either herself or with help from a friend recording it ( from a safe location of course) on the topic of a proud moment of working in the industry during the past year of the pandemic.


Some questions to help with the recording:

  • Was there a special moment of how you helped during the first year of the pandemic? Tell us about it.
  • What was your role in delivering during this crisis?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • Why is trucking so vital during times like these?

These videos are aimed to be authentic stories from the road, so iPhones and other smart phones will work just fine, and they should be recorded while stopped and in a safe environment. Please be mindful of the background imagery and noise level while recording. We are happy to help with tips on recording once a driver story is identified.


A zoom recording from a home or office is fine too.


Please let us know of any questions and share your ideas and submissions to

2021 MARCH Training Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, these classes and seminars will take place in-person pending any COVID changes in regulations.
Mar 11 - DOT Files and Recordkeeping (8am-Noon)
Mar 25 - "Virtual" IFTA Workshop (9am-11am)

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!!  Details with a link will be sent out TWO days prior, so please make sure your email address is correct.

Mar 31 - Surviving DOT Audits (8am-Noon)

Potholes, Grid Failures, Aging Tunnels And Bridges: Nation's Infrastructure Gets a C-Minus


NPR, March 3

Just in time for pothole season, the latest report card on the nation's infrastructure shows that the needs are great but funding is lacking.


Many of the country's roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition. And they're in need of a major federal investment to keep from getting worse and to withstand the harsh effects of a changing climate, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.  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

Approaching Winter Storm (Friday-Monday)

We could be looking at severe impacts during this weekend's winter storm. There are similarities with the March 17 2003 storm that deposited 2.5+ft of snow in Denver and 7ft of snow in parts of the front range. 


The forecast should come into better focus this afternoon and if it is still on track I think we could see major interstate closures for some periods of time (I-25 GAP, I-25 North, I-70 Limon, I-76 Fort Morgan) due to high winds and whiteout conditions.


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