CVTA Applauds Congress For Producing Long Term Highway Bill

Bipartisan bill recognizes the impact skills test delays have on producing commercial truck drivers and filling critical jobs

December 2, 2015

Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement:

"CVTA commends Congress on producing a bipartisan, bicameral long term Highway bill called the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”). The FAST Act is a critical step in setting transportation policy and funding America's transportation network and infrastructure moving forward. CVTA would particularly like to recognize Representatives John Duncan (R-TN), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and their staffs, along with all conferees, for their efforts to include a provision which will help address the growing problem of skills test delays.

Commercial drivers are a key part of the engine that powers the sustainability of our economy. However, in many states, commercial drivers are prevented from going to work because they are unable to timely secure a skills test needed to acquire their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). CVTA is excited to see that Congress recognized the negative impact that skills testing delays are having on the system’s ability to train and employ the next generation of truck drivers. We look forward to working with Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and other stakeholders to help solve this problem.”