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CVTA Applauds President and Congress on WIOA Becoming Law

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CVTA Celebrates Signing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Association and members applaud historic bi-partisan legislation designed to link training funds with in-demand jobs

Washington, D.C. (Jul. 17, 2014) - The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), the largest trade association representing truck driving schools, students, and motor carriers applauds the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. The historic bill streamlines and reauthorizes workforce programs through 2020. This law is the culmination bipartisan collaboration of lawmakers working with industry to improve the nation's workforce development system. Most importantly, our workforce system will now align training needs with jobs that can and need to be filled.

"This law helps ensure workers can obtain training funds to enter in-demand professions like commercial truck driving and CVTA applauds President Obama for signing this bipartisan legislation," said Don Lefeve, President and CEO, CVTA. "Over the next 10 years the driver shortage is only expected to get worse and we believe the law signed today will allow more workers to get the proper training needed to enter the trucking profession. CVTA schools and motor carriers produce and hire the most truck drivers in the country and we believe aligning training funds is good for the trucking industry which is the heart beat of the American economy."

The law signed today helps workers attain the skills necessary for existing and future jobs, and fosters a modern workforce to help make American companies meet their hiring needs and stay competitive. It also focuses on the creation of career pathway programs, improved integration and coordination of education and training services, development of sector based strategies, and addresses the need for adequate funding for truck driver training and other in-demand professions.

"CVTA members are focused on working within the trucking industry and across federal and state government to help ensure that more Americans can enter this rewarding profession that pays well," said John Diab, CVTA's Chairman. "CVTA schools not only offer the highest quality training in the industry, but have a great track record of success in placing students with quality motor carriers. We look forward to equipping the next generation of drivers with the skills necessary to achieve success."  

CVTA believes quality training improves highway safety while simultaneously meeting the industry demand for drivers.  WIOA funding ensures those who are looking to enter the trucking industry can receive the proper financial assistance to help obtain the right skills to get jobs in trucking that are currently unfilled.

About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association is the largest trade association representing truck driving schools, students, and motor carriers.  CVTA school members have 180 school locations in 41 States and graduate approximately 50,000 students annually.

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Funds for States to Train Drivers Closer to Approval, Others Closer to Approval

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By Michele Fuetsch
Staff Reporter @ Transport Topics
Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35391

After more than a decade of temporary extensions, the Workforce Development Act, which funnels money to states to train job seekers, including truck drivers, is closer to congressional approval.

A bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill was approved by the Senate on June 25 on a 95-3 vote. It heads back to the House, which passed its version last year but must concur on Senate amendments.

Unlike the existing workforce law, the bill more strongly ties training to high-demand occupations, said Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, which represents private training schools.

“It’s a really good improvement, and we think it’s good news for trucking,” Lefeve said of the Senate bill. “By definition, it’s going to be much more data-driven.”

Carriers are scrambling to find drivers as demand for freight continues to grow.

“Every year, there are roughly 35,000 more driving jobs to be filled [in trucking],” said Boyd Stephenson, director of hazardous material policy for American Trucking Associations... Continue reading.

Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35391

 

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ACTION ALERT: Senate to Take up HOS Amendment Soon

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The Hours of Service Coalition is urging you to act today.

Email your Senators today and urge them to support retaining Senator Collins’ Hours of Service Restart Study language in the FY 2015 T-HUD Appropriations bill and oppose any efforts to amend or eliminate it. To find their email address, please visit www.senate.gov

This week the full Senate will begin consideration of the FY 2015 T-HUD bill, which includes the Hours of Service Restart Study amendment sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).  This amendment was overwhelmingly approved in full committee by a bipartisan 21 to 9 vote.

During full Senate consideration this week an amendment is expected to be offered that would strike all or part of Collins' Hours of Service Restart Study language. This is why we need you to act today by calling or sending a letter to your Senators asking them to oppose any efforts to amend or eliminate Senator Collins’ language. 

Senator Collins’ amendment suspends for one year, two driver restart requirements included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service rules that became effective July 2013. These current rules require drivers to be off duty for at least 34-hours, provided that time-off includes consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods; and drivers are now required to wait 168 hours (i.e. one week) before being able to institute a restart.

Safety is the trucking industry’s highest priority.  While we do not oppose the majority of FMCSA’s hours of service rules, these two targeted restart provisions actually jeopardize safety while also reducing driver’s wages and unnecessarily burdening the nation’s economy.

Retaining Senator Collins’ Hours of Service Restart Study language will reduce the risks and other harm associated with the newly imposed restart restrictions while the rule’s benefits and true safety impacts are being properly evaluated.

We urge you to contact your Senators today.  Ask them to support retaining Senator Collins' Hours of Service Restart Study language in the FY 2015 T-HUD Appropriations bill and oppose any efforts to eliminate it.

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CVTA Reaffirms Need to Eliminate Roadblocks Hindering Commercial Truck Driver Employment

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Washington, D.C., June 6, 2014 - Following the Bureau of Labors Statistics release of May employment numbers, CVTA President and CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement:

"Today's job report is an important metric for measuring the health and growth of the US economy. The report also helps understand employment in the trucking industry.

"While the economy added 217,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3%, for-hire truck transportation added 1,500 jobs. While this is positive, we all know it does not meet the needs of carriers and the industry as a whole. The trucking industry still has many jobs that need high quality truck drivers but are going unfilled.

"We need to spotlight why these jobs are not being filled and eliminate unnecessary roadblocks which are hindering individuals from getting hired. Roadblocks such as CDL skills testing delays, ensuring adequate funding for truck driver training, and others remain. It is important for us to educate key stakeholders, including Congress and State governments, on these and other issues in order to reduce barriers keeping people from getting good paying jobs.

"CVTA will continue to do everything we can to address these roadblocks to employment and ensure our members continue to training high quality truck drivers and place them in important jobs that will help drive our economy forward."

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Washington This Week

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There were two important events affecting the transportation sector this week. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-9 to approve the Collins Amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2015. Senator Collins amendment suspends the new Hours of Service restart rules for 1 year while the FMCSA undertakes an extensive study on the issue.

The second event occurring this week was a hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security which took testimony in an effort to produce a transportation reauthorization bill.  As you may know, the current bill, MAP-21, expires at the end of this fiscal year. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro provided testimony on a host of issues affecting the trucking industry. In her testimony, she discussed medical examiners, Hours of Service rules, Electronic Logging Devices, and the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule.

Administrator Ferro was questioned extensively on the Hours of Service rules by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Senator Ayotte asked tough questions regarding the “rigorous analysis” the FMCSA has conducted noting the small of a sample size of FMCSA’s study. The study focused on 106 drivers over the span of an average of 12 days.  Administrator Ferro claimed the study was statistically relevant considering it is the most comprehensive study on the topic to date.

Sen. Ayotte also pointed out that the Hours of Service restart rules force more truck drivers to drive during the daytime. Administrator Ferro responded arguing that increased truck driver alertness caused by the Hours of Service rules will more than offset the safety concerns raised by a higher volume of trucks on the road during the day.  She admitted, however, that no data has been done regarding the number of additional trucks on the road during the day as a result of the service hour requirement.

To view this hearing, please click here.

 

Don Lefeve

President & CEO,

Commercial Vehicle Training Association

Office: 703-642-9444

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CVTA Welcomes Step Forward in Addressing America's Workforce Development System

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CVTA Welcomes Step Forward in Addressing America's Workforce Development System

 

Association focused on keeping the American economy moving forward by providing quality truck driver training that addresses the growing needs of carriers

 

Washington, D.C. (May. 21, 2014) - The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, motor carriers, and the businesses that depend on their services, today announced its support of Congress' bipartisan effort to improve the nation's workforce development system through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA focuses on aligning training needs with jobs that can and need to be filled. CVTA members are dedicated to streamlining the process of enrolling students into schools, training them as quality drivers, and placing them into jobs in order to reduce the growing driver shortage, projected to reach 239,000 in the next 10 years. WIOA is a positive step forward in ensuring workers seeking to enter truck driving and other in-demand professional receive the proper assistance, obtain the right training and skills, and are placed into jobs that will positively impact the economy.

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ATTENTION Drivers and Carriers: New Regulation as of 5/21/14

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Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:

Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?

To keep America’s interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

If you’re an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you’ll need to go to a certified medical examiner for your medical certificate. If you’ve already had an exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.  

You can find certified medical examiners in your area—or anywhere in the country—easily by following

1.       Visit the National Registry Web site and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name.

2.       Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment.

3.       If your preferred health care professional isn’t on the list, simply refer him or her to the Certified Medical Examiners page to learn more about getting certified.

Please spread the word and encourage your fellow CMV drivers to find a Certified Medical Examiner by May 21st. They can find more information in the Fact Sheet for Drivers or by going to the National Registry Web site, so pass it along!

Thank you for keeping America moving and for your commitment to safer roadways.