Federal Policymakers Provide Insights at 2021 CVTA Fall Conference

Nov 23, 2021

CVTA’s chief mission is advocating for public policy that advances and supports the commercial driving training industry. It is critically important that CVTA members hear directly from the policymakers who have a direct impact on our businesses.

At CVTA’s Fall Conference last week, we welcomed Larry Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Brent Parton, Senior Advisor for Workforce at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Here are some of the highlights that were shared with CVTA members:

Larry Minor, FMCSA:

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)

  • FMCSA said that the ELDT rule will be implemented on time on February 7, 2022.
  • State DMVs and SDLAs are on track to implement ELDT on time. FMCSA will not suspend implementation if a state is not ready by February 7, 2022.
  • FMCSA has the technology to upload school and student data to the Training Provider Registry (TPR) and the agency has a helpdesk ready to assist CVTA members should they encounter an issue.

To learn more about ELDT and the TRP, visit: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH)

  • As of September 1, there are over 87,000 drivers in the DACH. 69,000 are in “prohibited status,” 52,000 have not started the return to work process.
  • Minor restated FMCSA’s position that CDL students are not “employees” of CDL schools for the purposes of the DACH.

Truck Driver Shortage/Supply Chain Problems

  • FMCSA and the U.S.DOT are working to address state CDL testing delays to get more CDL drivers on the road. The Department looks forward to working with CVTA to find workable solutions to strengthening our supply chain and getting more truck drivers on the road.

Larry Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Larry Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Brent Parton, Senior Advisor for Workforce with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Brent Parton, U.S. Department of Labor:

  • DOL is committed to working with CVTA to fix the truck driver shortage by encouraging, promoting, and investing in registered apprenticeship programs.
  • DOL is investing over $300 million to expand registered apprenticeship programs, with a focus on the trucking/transportation industries.
  • There are currently over 10,000 active apprentices in trucking/transportation programs throughout the country.
  • The rate of growth in registered apprenticeships has grown by 70% since 2011.

CVTA has a registered apprenticeship program and will work with DOL to drive more students, workers and especially young people into the commercial driving and logistics industry.

CVTA will continue to work with these decision makers to develop practical policies that promote highway safety and open opportunities to all Americans to enter the trucking industry.


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.