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.