We received the following information from ATA and wanted you all to be aware:
For the past two weeks and individual identifying himself as Larry Davis is calling Truck Driving schools representing that he is a recruiter for Knight Transportation, gleaning names of students from the school and then promising them a trainer if the student will wire him $200 dollars. Several individuals have been scammed.
At least one of the students in Florida has filed a police report. We wanted to get the word out to all to be aware! There is no Mr. Davis at Knight and they do not charge students.
We received the following information from ATA and wanted you all to be aware:
Organization’s highest honor goes to long-time proponent of finding and training
the professional truck drivers of tomorrow
Grapevine, Texas -- The Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc. (PTDI) is pleased to announce that it has selected Terry Burnett, CIC, CRM, president of Burnett Insurance Corporation of Little Rock, Arkansas, and chairman of PTDI since 2008, as the 2014 recipient of the Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award. The award was bestowed March 25, 2014, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, during the annual convention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the organization that manages PTDI.
By Daniel P. Bearth, Staff Writer
This story appears in the March 24 print edition of Transport Topics.
Delays and inconsistencies with the way states test applicants for commercial driver licenses are undermining efforts to place truck driver training school graduates in jobs, according to officials who have asked Congress to act.
Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association in Springfield, Va., said it takes up to 45 days for CDL applicants in some states to arrange a skills test due to inadequate staffing and a limited number of testing facilities.
As a consequence of delays in issuing licenses, Lefeve said, many qualified applicants give up or find other jobs, hurting the ability of motor carriers to fill jobs and tying up equipment at state testing sites that could be used for ongoing instruction.
To speed up the process, Lefeve said, states need to expand the number of third-party testing sites.
“Our data show that 29 states offer third-party testing,” Lefeve said. “Of these states, 12 offer it through a very restricted program; meaning through a community college only. An additional 12 states only conduct testing through state-funded officials or sites… Continue reading…
This Editorial appears in the March 24 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
The struggles of the nation’s trucking fleet to attract and retain qualified drivers have been well-documented in the pages of Transport Topics for many years now.
From long stretches of time away from home for longhaul drivers to the continued frustration with burdensome government regulations to the indecisiveness to seriously tackle highway funding and congestion issues, being a professional truck driver takes a special type of person.
So it is with extreme dismay that we report this week on page 1 about delays applicants for commercial driver licenses face in many states.
Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, said it can take up to 45 days for CDL applicants in some states to arrange a skills test due to inadequate staffing and a limited number of testing facilities... Continue reading.
Our next Webinar "All Politics is Local - Let Your Voice Be Heard" is scheduled for this Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. CVTA's President and CEO Don Lefeve will present the webinar and share his years of experience and knowledge on what you need to do to establish and improve relationships with Federal, State and Local political figures.
This is a Webinar not to be missed! You and your company have an important story to tell and this Webinar will provide you with the information to ensure your voice is heard by the politicians who represent you.
If you wish to participate please contact us or call the CVTA Office 703-642-9444.
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. - Commercial Vehicle Training Association's (CVTA) President and CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement on the President's 2015 Budget Request:
"CVTA and our member schools are dedicated to helping keep the US economy moving forward by providing high quality education and training to the next generation of professional truck drivers. We applaud the President's budget for its focus on new investments that empower workers with skills and training for in-demand careers such as truck driving. We do, however, feel that more work lies ahead.
While we believe the President is on the right track in focusing on industries in high demand, in our view, we also need the Department of Labor to recognize national in-demand industries, such as trucking, which hire professional drivers from all parts of the United States.
With an anticipated industry shortfall of nearly 239,000 drivers over the next 10 years, we see the need to work directly with all stakeholders, including carriers, truck driving schools, and community colleges to achieve an ultimate goal of training people to join the ranks of the professional truck driving industry. Doing so is good not only for professional truck drivers but also good for the American economy as it can provide up to 239,000 possible careers that cannot be outsourced. We look forward to working with the President and Congress to do everything possible to effectively train these new industry professionals so we may fill these critical jobs and keep America moving forward."
CVTA is the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students and the businesses that depend on their services. Working with members and partners on critical industry issues, CVTA is the voice of commercial vehicle education throughout the United States. Together we are shaping the future of safer transportation.
Washington, DC - The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a roundtable policy discussion on Wednesday with representatives of the transportation community in preparation for the development of a surface transportation reauthorization bill.
The federal surface transportation programs were most recently reauthorized in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which was enacted on July 6, 2012. MAP-21 expires in September, and Wednesday’s roundtable is part of the Committee’s process for developing the next bill.
The roundtable is open to the public, and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. The roundtable will not be webcast.
In addition to Subcommittee Members, roundtable participants will include:
· The Honorable Bill Graves, President and CEO, American Trucking Associations
· Mr. Greg Cohen, President and CEO, American Highway User Alliance
· Mr. James Corless, Campaign Director, Transportation for America
· Mr. Bill Hughes, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association
· Ms. Janet Kavinoky, Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
· Mr. Pat Loftus, Chairman Emeritus, National Steel Bridge Alliance
· Mr. Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, National Association of Manufacturers
· Mr. Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Another new round of fraudulent USDOT letters dated February 18, 2014 are starting to circulate among motor carriers. The letters appear to be from the "U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office" and signed by a fictitious name of "Louis JAMES - Senior Procurement Officer". The letters are attempting to obtain banking information from the targeted companies. A sample of the letter is here.
Carrier officials who feel they have been victimized by providing banking information should notify their banking institution and report the crime to law enforcement officials immediately.
You may also go to the FMCSA or USDOT OIG websites below for more information:
A notice from Dawn Bilodeau, Chief, DoD Voluntary Education
Your participation in the Department of Defense’s Voluntary Education Programs provides valuable educational opportunities to our Service members in direct support of their professional and personal development. We applaud your efforts and look forward to a continued partnership in support of new Voluntary Education Program policies and objectives.
We anticipate issuance of the final rule and change 2 to DoDI 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs, in the coming months. As you are aware, this issuance includes several new requirements in support of the President's Executive Order 13607, "Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Servicing Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members", signed April 27, 2012 (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10715.pdf). In conjunction with the new issuance, ALL participating educational institutions will be required to sign the new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The sign-by date has not yet been established but will be no sooner than 60 days following the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.
This notice focuses on clarifying the proposed Title IV participation requirement in order to jump-start your preparations. The new issuance requires educational institutions to be certified to participate in federal student aid programs through Department of Education (ED) under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Title IV certification may be provisional so long as the educational institution maintains eligibility to participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program.
As an educational institution with a current DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU, you will have 18 months following the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register to successfully meet the Title IV requirement. During this time, you will be allowed to continue participating in the Tuition Assistance program, enrolling new and current students as long as you are actively pursuing Title IV eligibility.
If you are not currently certified to participate in federal financial aid programs, the first step toward meeting the Title IV requirement is issuance of an official OPE ID number by ED. IMPORTANT NOTE: Only educational institutions with an OPE ID number issued by ED will be able to initiate an application for the new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU. Your institution can apply for an OPE ID following the guidelines outlined at http://www.eligcert.ed.gov.
Your institution can request and be issued an OPE ID within a few weeks. Issuance of an OPE ID number; however, does not make an educational institution Title IV eligible or meet the new requirement for Title IV participation….it is only the first step. Your institution will still need to complete and submit the electronic application and all supporting materials in accordance with ED guidance. Because we understand the application and approval process may take from 2 – 12 months, depending on the preparedness of the educational institution to meet Title IV requirements, we are providing the previously discussed 18 month window to become compliant.
To learn more about applying for an OPE ID and Approval to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, visit: http://www.eligcert.ed.gov. If you have questions on the application process, please contact ED directly for assistance.
Note: 1. This notice and instructions on how to apply for an OPE ID will be posted in the DoD MOU Resources section at www.dodmou.com.
2. This email was sent to all institution Primary and Secondary POCs along with the Signing Authority.
Chief, DoD Voluntary Education
Military Community & Family Policy
By Daniel P. Bearth, Staff Writer
This story appears in the Feb. 17 print edition of Transport Topics.
Recent moves by President Obama and congressional leaders to expand job-training programs are raising hopes the government will do more to help individuals learn to be truck drivers, industry officials said...
“WIA is a valuable and significant source of funding for students looking to get trained [as truck drivers],” said Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association in Springfield, Va. “Passage of legislation is a priority for us and our members.”... Continue reading.
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