Trucking Hopeful for More Driver-Training Aid as Obama, Congress Look to Expand Programs

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Don LefeveThe Article contains an interview with CVTA President & CEO, Don Lefeve.

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.


Member Alert - 2.18.2014

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We have been notified about the following from Iowa Central Community College:   
"Contacted by Scammer David Williams 318-865-9934 for CRST, checked with CRST DOESN'T WORK FOR THEM"
Please be sure to remind your students to be very careful with the information they provide over the phone.
Thanks to Jeff Frank of Iowa Central Community College for the heads up.

ATRI Research Examines Safety Impacts of Driver Simulator Training

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Arlington, VA – A new research white paper examining safety impacts of simulator training for truck drivers was released today by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  The report, Safety Impacts of Truck Driver Simulator Training, investigated the effectiveness of using customized truck driving simulators to target specific driving behaviors that have been associated with increased crash risk.

This study incorporated driving behaviors previously identified in ATRI’s Predicting Truck Crash Involvement report.  The study developed a series of “targeted” training scenarios for use in driving simulators.  ATRI then partnered with motor carriers to collect driver safety and training data for drivers trained on both general and ATRI-customized scenarios.  Finally, the safety performance differences between drivers were analyzed at 6- and 12-months post-training based on the type of simulator training received.

The initial results at 6-months post-training suggested that drivers who received the targeted simulator training had fewer safety incidents over time, but those effects dissipated at the 12-month mark.  While driver turn-over may play a role in the declining significance, the white paper suggests that carriers examine the frequency of sustainment training for drivers.

Truck driving simulators provide carriers with the ability to offer a wide variety of training exercises to drivers from the safety and convenience of a classroom.  By focusing training efforts on correcting behaviors that have a known correlation to crash risk, carriers can take a proactive step towards preventing future crashes.

A copy of this report is available from ATRI by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

GI Bill Comparison Tool

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by Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420

What’s the first thing you do when shopping for a big ticket item? You might shop around, ask friends and relatives for their opinion or compare items online. In today’s world of instant online access to a wealth of consumer information – from online reviews to info graphics comparing products, product websites and online shopping sites – consumers are used to finding and comparing information online before they buy.

Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries.  Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.

In addition, you can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future.  In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side.

Deadline Extended to March 15, 2014 - "Be Ready. Be Buckled." Art Contest.

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Please remind your employees and members CRAYONS CAN SAVE LIVES, TOO! There is still time for their children, neighbors, and friends to participate in the annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Kids’ Art Contest. They can also sponsor a classroom or school. The contest runs through March 15, 2014.  

As a collaboration between FMCSA and the CMV Safety Belt Partnership, the art contest is for children in grades K - 6 (ages 5-12) with relatives in the truck and bus industries (or more simply…you). The contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to save lives and reduce injuries.

Winning contestants will be invited to visit Washington, DC, with their parents on Monday, May 5, to participate in recognition activities at USDOT Headquarters and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Two grand prize winners, one from grades K-2 and one from grades 3- 6, will be presented with framed replicas of their artwork, a certificate of appreciation signed by Secretary Foxx and Administrator Ferro, and a monetary award courtesy of some of the CMV Safety Belt Partners. Ten artists receiving an Honorable Mention will also be featured in the 2014 CMV Safety Belt Planner along with the two grand prize winners and presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Encourage kids to get creative as they remind truck and bus drivers to buckle up!

Participant Brochure | Sponsor Form

For more information about the contest, visit

New Research Shows FMCSA Safety Measurement System is an Improvement for Identifying At-Risk Companies

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A new study confirms that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced. Researchers analyzed the association between historical carrier data and future crash involvement by taking two years of pre-SMS safety data for a subset of carriers, running it through the system’s algorithm, and then following those companies’ crash records for eighteen months. Results show that the companies the SMS would have identified for interventions, such as roadside inspections, warning letters and on-site investigations, had a future crash rate of more than double the national average. In addition, 79 percent of the carriers that SMS would have ranked as high risk in at least one of the seven safety categories it monitors, had higher future crash rates compared to those it would not have identified. SMS is a component of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, which was launched in 2010 to identify and prioritize motor carriers that pose the highest threat to public safety for enforcement interventions. The study was conducted by the Volpe Center and peer-reviewed by independent experts.


The full report is available at

CVTA Attends MCSAC Meeting

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CVTA attended the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) meeting on Monday and Tuesday. The meeting's purpose was to discuss and prioritize their recommendations to Congress as Congress prepares for the upcoming Highway Transportation Reauthorization bill. A number of proposals were discussed, including Entry Level Driver Training, but it did not receive a majority of votes to be included in the top 10 recommendations. For additional coverage, please see CCJ's article here.