FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2014
Elizabethtown, KY (Aug. 27, 2014) – On August 27, 2014, Congressman Brett Guthrie visited CDL Training Services & Consulting Truck Driving School, a professional driving school focusing on commercial truck driver training, and met with Jeff Bauza, President of CDL Training Services & Consulting, his staff, trucking company representatives; Latasha Neal VP of Recruiting for US Xpress, Duane Boswell VP of Driver Recruiting for TMC Transportation, Jason Zaleski Driver Capacity Manger for Roehl Transport, and Tony Bennett Director of Driver Recruiting for PTL along with Don Lefeve, President of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). The Congressman had the opportunity to meet with instructors, learn firsthand about the importance of truck driving school training, and gained a more comprehensive understanding of the crucial role the trucking industry plays in driving the economy forward.
“I was very pleased that Congressman Guthrie came to visit our campus to see our instructors and our students in action,” said Jeff Bauza. “We take pride in training students who, after graduating from our schools, are able to get good jobs and support our economy here in Kentucky. We instill the highest safety standards and provide our students with top-notch training. I was glad the Congressman had the chance to see some of that in person and actually participate in driving a truck on our range.”
During his visit, Congressman Guthrie learned more about the driver shortage facing the country. The shortage is expected to reach 239,000 vacancies by 2022. With the help of its members, like CDL Training Services & Consulting, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is helping to educate elected officials and government agencies about the regulatory roadblocks hindering the process of training and hiring trained individuals to fill these critically needed positions.
“It was great to have Congressman Guthrie visit a trucking school to learn about the important issues facing our schools and carriers,” said Don Lefeve. “The current driver shortage is being made worse by skills testing delays, which is an issue that spans multiple states. It’s important for Members of Congress to know how state actions are impacting our national economy and interstate commerce. It’s our hope that, by educating Members of Congress like Congressman Guthrie, we’ll be able to find a solution to both the shortage and the delays, so the trucking industry can more confidently support the US economy.”
Congressman Guthrie experienced part of the day as a truck driver trainee, learning how to prepare for pre-trip inspections, the proper entry and exit of a truck, and shifting patterns. He was able to get behind the wheel of a Class A commercial motor vehicle to learn how to start, stop, and back the vehicle.
“I appreciate CDL Training Services & Consulting for allowing me to visit and see the important mission the school is undertaking,” said Congressman Guthrie. “Workforce training has been one of my top priorities in Congress and it was great to see their efforts first-hand. I enjoyed the training I received and assure you driving a commercial truck was a unique challenge. I look forward to watching CDL Training Services & Consulting grow and succeed in providing the training and education these drivers need.”
About CDL: CDL Training Services & Consulting has been helping people get high-paying truck driving jobs in the trucking industry since 1993. We’ve provided truck driver training to over 21,000 professional drivers now making a great living. We are celebrating our twenty first anniversary in business this year and are more committed than ever to provide the trucking industry with the best trained student drivers in the business.
About CVTA: The Commercial Vehicle Training Association is the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, carriers, and other businesses that depend on their services. CVTA school members have 180 school locations in 41 states and graduate approximately 50,000 students annually.
CVTA: Don Lefeve
CDL Training Services: Jeff Bauza