CVTA Board Meets with FMCSA Acting Administrator Hutcheson

Jul 25, 2022

Last week, the CVTA Board of Directors met with FMCSA Acting Administrator Robin Hutcheson. The CVTA Board of Directors was in Washington D.C. for their annual Board of Directors Retreat. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule and how we can work collaboratively to improve it. The meeting included other topics, addressing the truck driver shortage, providing equitable access to good paying jobs, and enhancing the safety of our roads and resiliency of our supply chain.

We were very happy to hear that FMCSA is planning to audit new entrants in the Training Provider Registry. CVTA and FMCSA will work together to ensure that all schools especially CVTA ones are available to take part in a future FMCSA TPR audit.

CVTA made the case for third-party testing, and more federal aid to fix state DMV testing delays. Ms. Hutcheson thanked us for our strident advocacy on this issue and reiterated that the agency is open to exploring all options to get more entry level drivers on the road and into good paying jobs.

CVTA looks forward to working with Acting Administrator Hutcheson on these important issues in the future.

Andrew Poliakoff

Andy Poliakoff is the Executive Director for CVTA. In this role, he promotes the mission of the membership organization and implements goals set by the Board of Directors. This includes forming partnerships with external stakeholders, providing guidance and direction to the CVTA staff team, and engaging with state and federal government agencies to advance CVTA’s mission of safety and career opportunities in the truck driver training industry.

In 2021 and 2022, Andy acted as federal affairs lead for Electrify America, interacting at high levels within Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and the White House. In that capacity, he played a pivotal role in the optimization of large-scale infrastructure funding at the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

From 2019 to 2021 Andy served as Director of Gov't Affairs for CVTA and formed a strong bond with members, engaging on advocacy related to Entry-Level Driver Training, Skills Testing Delays, and Workforce funding. During the pandemic, Andy fought at the state and federal level to treat CDL training and testing as the essential services they are. He is personally invested in the important mission of CVTA's members to deliver safe training and to transform people's lives through truck driving careers.

Andy holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Cindy Atwood

Cindy Atwood is the Vice President at CVTA. An experienced association professional, Cindy handles all activities related to membership retention, financial accounting and committee engagement. Cindy artfully produces CVTA’s off-site biannual conferences, Hill Day operations and Board meetings, ensuring that the general membership and leadership’s necessities and wishes are met with the highest response.

An essential fixture in the truck driver training association space, Cindy manages CVTA’s Instructor Certification Program and provides critical counsel to new entrants into the truck driver training industry.

Kyle Hayes

Kyle Hayes is the Director of Government Relations at CVTA. In this role, he leads the implementation of the Association’s legislative and regulatory strategy. He is also the primary point of contact between CVTA Members and federal agencies, Congress, and state governments.

Hayes most recently led research projects that supported federal and state advocacy on healthcare and economic issues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nationally recognized research and policy institute based in Washington D.C. He received a master’s degree in public policy from American University in 2015 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012.