ATTENTION Drivers and Carriers: New Regulation as of 5/21/14

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Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:

Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?

To keep America’s interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

If you’re an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you’ll need to go to a certified medical examiner for your medical certificate. If you’ve already had an exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.

Member Alert - 4.21.2014

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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.

Professional Truck Driver Institute Honors Terry Burnett with Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award

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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.

Drivers Face Delays in CDL Skills Test; Training Schools Ask Congress to Help

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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


Transport Topics Editorial: CDL Licensing Delays

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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.


CVTA Webinar - All Politics is Local - Let Your Voice Be Heard

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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.

CVTA Statement on President Obama's 2015 Budget Request

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For Immediate Release

Cindy Atwood
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."

About CVTA

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.