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United Truck Driving School Featured in KRA Monthly Spotlight

Source:KRA: kra.com/company-news/kra-monthly-spotlight-46

Jordan, who aptly entitled the article Short Road To Success For The Long Haul, reported, “Brian Smith came to the Career Center, in November 2014, to pursue his career goal of becoming an interstate long-haul truck driver. Having relocated to San Diego from Montana, the year before, he realized that his series of ‘dead end’ jobs wasn’t working for him, even though he was working.”

Why was Brian so confident about a career in long-haul trucking?  He explained, “My father and brother are both truckers, mostly cattle haulers in the ‘Lower 48′, based out of Montana.  I would go on the road with my dad as a kid, so I know what it’s like and what it takes to be a long-haul trucker. He helped me develop a real passion for it... Continue reading...

Source: kra.com/company-news/kra-monthly-spotlight-46

 

Truck Driver Shortage Means Thousands of Jobs Need to be Filled

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A national shortage of truck drivers means companies are looking to fill tens of thousands of jobs in the coming years.

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At the Tennessee Truck Driving School in Louisville, CDL Instructor Sean Henson said they typically train 400 to 500 new drivers every year. But that doesn't come close to filling the gap for what's needed.

Henson said there are several reasons for the shortage of drivers. The biggest is that the average age of current drivers is between 55 and 65 and more drivers retire every year than what come into the business. He also said that the improving economy means there is more stuff being built and nearly all that product is moved by trucks... Continue reading.

Source: Local8Now.com/home/headlines/Need-a-job-Look-at-truck-driving--299279331.html

Driving Skill Outweighs Classroom Time for New Truckers, Training Experts Say

By Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor
This story appears in the March 23 print edition of Transport Topics.
Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=37704

Getting students to demonstrate competence at necessary skills is a better way to train future truck drivers compared with setting standards for hours logged in classrooms, several driver-training professionals said during a Transport Topics Web broadcast.

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The Commercial Vehicle Training Association, which represents driver-training schools, also backs performance-based standards, said Donald Lefeve, its president.

“CVTA led the fight against hourly standards [the basis of the 2007 training rule]. Hours trained is not related to safety,” he said. One of Lefeve’s vice presidents also is on the FMCSA advisory committee... Continue reading.

Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=37704