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United Truck Driving School Featured in KRA Monthly Spotlight

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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

 

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CVTA Testifies Before California Senate Committee

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On April 14th, Don Lefeve (CVTA), Bob Schauer (Western Pacific Truck School) and Roger Smith (American Truck Schools), testified before the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Senate Bill 344. Senate Bill 344 is a bill that would create driver training standards in California and close the “CDL mill loophole.” While CVTA is supportive of the goals of this legislation, Don, Bob, and Roger spoke about amending this legislation to expand skills testing to allow third party testers to help reduce the severe skills testing backlog in California. Current wait times are between 30-60 days currently. Retest times are the near the same time.

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Truck Driver Shortage Means Thousands of Jobs Need to be Filled

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Source: Local8Now.com/home/headlines/
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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

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

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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

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Replay: LiveOnWeb Spotlight on Driver Training

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Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=37552

An FMCSA committee will be meeting March 19 to try to craft a rule on minimum training standards for entry level commercial vehicle drivers.

One day before that meeting, two people who are closely connected to that decision-making process joined us for a special LiveOnWeb focused on Driver Training.

Committee member Boyd Stephenson of American Trucking Associations, and Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association... Continue reading.

Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=37552

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Trucking Hopeful CDL Committee Will Set Standards, Improve Rulemaking Process - Includes CVTA CEO, Don Lefeve's Comments

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Source: fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-hopeful-cdl-committee
-will-set-standards-improve-rulemaking-process

As far as federal government acronyms go, ELDTAC is standard issue and unwieldy. Many in trucking, however, are hopeful that those six letters will help spell out a long-overdue driver training standard—and might even lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) toward a user-friendly revamp of the way regulations are developed.

ELDTAC stands for the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee, and its members have been recently chosen by FMCSA from a field of experts in their respective fields, including motor carriers, drivers, DMV training organizations, state enforcement agencies, labor unions, and safety advocacy groups.

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Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, says now that the basics are out of the way, the committee must “roll up their sleeves and get down to work.”

“I believe the participants understand the tough task ahead and realize that we need to produce a rule,” Lefeve said. “While there are many challenges which lie ahead, the first session ended on a positive note. I remain optimistic the committee will be able to produce a rule by the end of May... Continue reading.

Source: fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-hopeful-cdl-committee-will-set-standards-improve-rulemaking-process

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Troops to Trucks

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CDL school helps America’s veterans get behind the wheel of the big rigs.

BY CECIL GUY

This article appears in the March 2015 print edition of GI Jobs. Click here to visit GI Jobs for more info.

Back in 2013 I wrote about a veteran, Matt Sanchez, who was enrolled at the National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS) in Buffalo, N.Y. This month I followed up with NTTS President and Co-Founder Harry Kowalchyk, a former Marine corporal. “Since myself and fellow co-founder William Mocarski (also a former Marine corporal) established NTTS in 1971, we knew it was important to recruit veterans, active duty members transitioning to civilian life, and dependents of current service members. They are proven, well-disciplined operators that are doing very well in our programs.” NTTS has a high graduation rate, and, more importantly, a high employment rate for graduates. Between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, 91 percent of NTTS graduates got jobs in the trucking industry. Kowalchyk attributes this to the network at NTTS... Download the full article in PDF

This article appears in the March 2015 print edition of GI Jobs. Click here to visit GI Jobs for more info.