CVTA NEWS

This page provides links to all CVTA announcements and press releases published throughout the year.


CVTA CONGRATULATES RAY MARTINEZ AS FMCSA ADMINISTRATOR

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – February 14, 2018 - CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Ray Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Mr. Martinez as the FMCSA’s Administrator. We look forward to working with Administrator Martinez on issues affecting commercial driving schools, the growing truck driver shortage, and automated commercial vehicles.”

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About CVTA
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit 
www.cvta.org.


Media Contact 
Kristine Gager 
Director of Communications 
CVTA 
703.642.9444 ext. 104 

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CVTA President Responds to President Trump's State of the Union Address

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – January 31, 2018 – CVTA President Don Lefeve issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“CVTA applauds President Trump’s focus on rebuilding our nations’ infrastructure, workforce development, and expansion of vocational training. Renewed investments in our deteriorating highways and bridges, and our workforce development system are long overdue.

Truck drivers are the backbone of our nation and the infrastructure we build. Commercial drivers move the very materials required to rebuild our country. Without drivers, our highways and bridges are not repaired, and our economy suffers. Quality driver training through CVTA’s vocational schools is not only important to highway safety, but important to our nation’s economy.

As Congress considers legislation to meet the President’s priorities, CVTA believes there are three policies that will remove obstacles for people seeking to become a commercial driver.

First, Congress should address our nation’s CDL skills testing delays problem by including a fix in any infrastructure package it passes. Skills testing delays are keeping driver applicants from securing a test appointment to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) within a reasonable time. In many states, these applicants are waiting nearly 60-80 days before getting an appointment. Without a CDL, drivers are unable to enter the trucking industry, which makes fixing our nation’s infrastructure longer and more expensive.

Second, we urge Congress to fully fund WIOA programs at authorized levels. This is a critical source of funding that future drivers depend upon to get into trucking. Any cuts to the program will only exacerbate the driver shortage problem.

Third, we need to lower the interstate driving age to 18 so, as the President stated, ‘future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.’ Commercial driving is at a competitive disadvantage to other vocations because current regulations require anyone driving interstate to be 21 or older. Quality driver training and continued driver development will serve as a starting point for these discussions.”

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About CVTA 
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org 

Media Contact

Kristine Gager
Director of Communications 
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104  
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CVTA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS

Associations’ Truck Driver Training Program Members to Realize Discounts on Tires and Retreads

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – December 21, 2017 – Today, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) – the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States – announced an exclusive deal for its members on tires and retreads with Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone). The deal will provide significant savings of up to 15 percent for CVTA’s school members to outfit their truck and trailer fleet with best-in-class products and services.  

“At Bridgestone we are committed to provide best to our customers and the society thereby contributing to improved safety and quality of lives of people everywhere. Through this partnership, Bridgestone will provide high quality products and services to CVTA members while also helping them realize substantial savings,” said Tomas Fernandez, Fleet Business Development Manager, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Jobs in the trucking industry are in high demand and drivers deserve the best equipment available, especially tires. We are excited about this partnership as it aligns us with an association that promotes safety through quality driver training.”

CVTA members will realize the following benefits:

  • Discounts on Bridgestone and Firestone commercial truck tires, as well as Bandag retreads; and;
  • Access to and support from the largest tire dealer network in the United States.

Partnering with Bridgestone enables our members access to quality tires, such as the company’s Bridgestone, Firestone and Bandag brands. These are leading brands in the commercial tire industry,” said CVTA President and CEO, Don Lefeve. “Equipment and maintenance are major expenses for schools, and providing our members with ways to save money on such high-quality products are exactly the deals CVTA is looking to put in place. We believe that this deal compliments our other discounts and demonstrates real ROI for our membership.”

To learn more about how to enroll in this program, contact CVTA’s Cindy Atwood at 703.642.9444 ext. 102.

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About Bridgestone Americas
Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

About CVTA
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contacts: 

Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104   
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Payal Raj
Communications Manager, Commercial
Bridgestone Americas
615.937.4335
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CVTA’s President & CEO Responds to President Trump’s Plan to Cut $1 Billion in Grants for Workforce Training

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 23, 2017 – Today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY 2018 budget and urging members of Congress to support funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) at authorized levels.

“We are disappointed by the Trump administration’s proposal to drastically cut Workforce Innovation and Opportunities (WIOA) Act grants by nearly $1 billion. WIOA is a critical funding source, which allows thousands of individuals to receive the education and training needed to enter in-demand careers like commercial truck and bus driving.

The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage and cuts to programs like WIOA will further exacerbate this problem. WIOA grants help Americans acquire the training needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license, gets people back to work, and keeps our nation’s economy moving forward.

CVTA looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that WIOA is fully funded as authorized.”

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About CVTA 

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTAmembers represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. 

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104
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CVTA Applauds California’s Transportation Committee’s Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – April 25, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the California Assembly Transportation Committee’s passage of A.B. 301 that would work to resolve the states’ commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays.

“Yesterday, the state of California took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. By unanimous passage of A.B. 301, the Transportation Committee recognized the need to reign in excessive and unnecessary skill testing delays in California. In some locations, the reported wait times can exceed 60 days. We believe this bill, and the committee’s action, puts the focus on reducing barriers for students seeking jobs.

CVTA would like to Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-52nd) and Jim Patterson (R-23rd) and the other co-sponsors for their leadership. Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org 

Media Contact
Kristine Gager

Director of Communications

CVTA

703.642.9444 ext. 104
 
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CVTA Applauds New Jersey Legislatures for its Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – February 7, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the enactment of New Jersey’s law to solve commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays:

“Yesterday, the State of New Jersey took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. The legislation signed into law means the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) will establish a pilot program that allows third parties to conduct the CDL testing in addition to the MVC. By allowing third parties to test, New Jersey joins 40 states that currently embrace these public-private partnerships. As other states have demonstrated, these partnerships significantly reduce CDL testing delays and save the state money. It is a ‘win-win’ for students, businesses, and government.

CVTA would like to thank the following state leaders for their bipartisan effort: Republican Lieutenant Governor Guadagno’s Red Tape Commission, Senators Oroho (R-24th) and Bucco (R-25th), as well as Assemblymen Burzichelli (D-3rd) and Dancer (R-12th). Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 41 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104  
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CVTA Applauds FMCSA's Entry-Level Driver Training Final Rule

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – December 7, 2016 – After 25 years of working to develop a rule that advances driver safety through training, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its Final Rule on Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT). CVTA commends the FMCSA for focusing on performance and process, both in the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, as the rule underscores the importance of training in the commercial driving profession. In addition, the Final Rule acknowledges the significance of training provider affiliations such as CVTA.

This Final Rule requires commercial drivers to receive training prior to obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Specifically, it requires training providers to:

  • register with the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR) and certify that their program meets the standards for classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training; 
  • certify students have completed BTW training to a proficiency standard;
  • certify their program teaches the required classroom subjects (outlined in the Final Rule), and that students have completed a written assessment covering all subjects with a passing score of 80% or higher; and 
  • certify students have demonstrated proficiency in operating a vehicle before siting for the CDL exam.

“The FMCSA has put forth a common-sense rule, which recognizes the value and importance of effectively training commercial drivers based on their actual performance,” said Don Lefeve, president & CEO, CVTA. “This Rule ensures that students can only sit for their CDL exam after demonstrating driving and knowledge proficiency. This is a major step in advancing highway safety by requiring driver training and ends nearly twenty-five years of effort to get this rule in place.”

The Final Rule goes into effect on February 6, 2017, with a compliance date of February 6, 2020.

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 41 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104 (w)
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