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Grass Roots Initiative

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The Government Relations Firm, Webster Chamberlain and Bean, representing CVTA, is initiating a grassroots lobbying effort. The goal is to encourage the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") in the Department of Transportation to modify the proposed rule for Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators.
 
CVTA must now demonstrate to regulators that individuals knowledgeable of commercial motor vehicle training are genuinely concerned about this issue. Our ultimate success depends on members who are educated on the issue and will contact the FMCSA.
 
Here is how you can help:

  1. Compose Correspondence
    Start by composing a letter to Anne Ferro. Webster Chamberlain and Bean has developed a template for these communications. Please personalize this correspondence, and ask your colleagues to do the same. If you choose to compose your own correspondence, please remember that CVTA's position focuses on: (1) Performance testing in lieu of proposed minimum hours; (2) the pitfalls of minimum hours including elimination of major access to federal and state funds for students, the minimum hours base will become the maximum amount of training hours, and the fact that training hours have not been proven to produce better drivers; and (3) the accreditation process is flawed and will prohibit many schools from providing students training.

     
  2. Send Your Correspondence
    Comments are to be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. The docket number is FMCSA-2007-27748.

     
  3. Follow Up
    Once you have submitted your correspondence, please send a copy to Andrew Dye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Webster Chamberlain and Bean will provide periodic updates on the status of the Minimum Training Requirements for the Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators' proposed rule.

If you have any questions please contact the CVTA office 703-642-9444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We appreciate any and all assistance you can provide.