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FMCSA moves ahead on Entry Level Driver Training

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On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of Intent to start building an Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC). The Committee will include representatives of various groups with interests that are affected by the proposed regulations being introduced for entry level driver training. This notice also provides notice to those groups and interested parties that wish to participate to be put on the list of possible nominees to serve. It also requests comments on the proposal itself, as well as those who may serve on the Committee.

Comments and nominations for possible Committee members must be received by January 9, 2015. For more information about how to submit comments, or to read the full Notice, please click on the link below:

https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-28919

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Driver Demographics Begin to Shift

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By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter
This story appears in the Dec. 8 print edition of Transport Topics.
Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=36758

Changing demographics among new truck drivers are beginning to shatter the stereotype of an industry dominated by aging white males, fleet and training school officials said.

“What was once considered strictly a male-dominated industry is rapidly becoming extremely diversified,” Michael Herrin, general counsel for Truck Driver Institute, told Transport Topics.

“Truck Driver Institute has trained a significant number of driver candidates from Africa, the Middle East and Europe,” said Herrin, whose company has 12 school locations. Along with the increase in immigrants, more women and couples are enrolled as well, he said.

Robert Synowicki, executive vice president of Werner Enterprises, told TT, “We are hiring more women today and hiring more drivers from more ethnic groups” as the population of white males declines. Synowicki said the number of women has virtually doubled to around 10%... Continue reading.

Source: ttnews.com/articles/petemplate.aspx?storyid=36758

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Shuster Welcomes New Committee Republicans for the 114th Congress

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Source: transportation.house.gov

For Immediate Release: December 10, 2014
Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446

Washington, DC - Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) welcomed the 12 Republican Members who will join the Committee in the 114th Congress, including two Members elected to their third terms in Congress and ten freshmen.

“I am pleased to welcome these new Republican additions to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 114th Congress,” Shuster said.  “The Committee will have a full agenda next year, including reauthorizations of federal surface transportation, aviation, and passenger rail programs.  The added perspectives and ideas of our new Members will be an asset to our experienced team as we continue developing legislation that strengthens our infrastructure and makes America more competitive.”

The new Committee Members recommended by the House Republican Steering Committee and expected to be officially approved by the Republican Conference in January are (in order of seniority):

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana
U.S. Rep. John Katko of New York
U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas
U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy of Nevada
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana
U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters of California
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida
U.S. Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York

These new Committee Members will join the following returning Republican Members of the Committee:

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Chairman
U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska
U.S. Rep. John, J. Duncan, Jr. of Tennessee
U.S. Rep. John Mica of Florida
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna of New York
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida
U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham of California
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina 

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Source: transportation.house.gov

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Al Franken’s Staff Visits Interstate

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Source: interstatedriving.com/2014/11/
al-frankens-staff-visits-interstate

Interstate Truck Driving School hosted officials from Federal, State, and local agencies today to shed light on the strong demand for truck drivers creating significant job opportunities for thousands of people. Bill Collins, owner of Interstate Truck Driving School, invited representatives from Senator Franken’s office to let him know how successful the federal Workforce Investment funds are at assisting people to obtain employment with livable wages. Senator Franken has worked very hard to represent the middle class and Mr. Collins wanted to reach out to the Senator and thank him for his commitment to hard working people.

Dan Solomon, Field Representative and Matt Croaston, Constituent Service Representative from Senator Al Franken’s office were in attendance along with South St. Paul Mayor Beth Baumann. Deb Carlson, Driver Exam Program Manager, and Don Hoechst, Driver Education Coordinator from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety were also able to attend.

Brian Schafer from Schneider National was meeting with about 30 students explaining job opportunities with Schneider when the group visited. Collins gave the group a tour of his facility and showed off the latest technology utilized by Interstate Truck Driving School with a very sophisticated Truck Driving Simulator from Advanced Training Systems in Tampa Florida.

“I am grateful to see so many public agencies working hand in hand with the private sector toward a common good” Collins commented to the group. Bill will be reaching out to other state and federal officials in the future to keep the communication lines open and continue to provide job opportunities for Minnesotans.

Click here to see the source article with pictures.

Source: interstatedriving.com/2014/11/al-frankens-staff-visits-interstate

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Member Alert - 10.27.2014

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Kendis Paris, Executive Director of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) asked that we forward the following information to you:  

Bertram Doughtery is fraudulently selling t-shirts using TAT's copyrighted material claiming he is representing TAT which he is not. He has created multiple FB profiles including one called Tat Tat in an effort to link himself to our organization. He is doing the same scam misrepresenting himself as a representative of Remembering Fallen Truckers. Do not be fooled by this. Any t-shirt we have available will be promoted through our website and social media outlets and NOT by a third party. We do not even know if he is sending the t-shirts out to customers after they have paid him. He has multiple sites up fundraising for himself personally. Our legal team is looking into this as we speak.  

We appreciate our followers and our kind trucker friends for alerting us to this repeatedly over the last couple of days. We appreciate your desire to maintain the integrity of TAT's name, reputation and mission.  

Thanks to Kendis Paris for the heads up.

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U.S. Xpress Creates Mobile Apps to Improve Lifestyle of Drivers

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Source: ccjdigital.com/ccj-innovator-u-s-xpress-creates
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More than 70 percent of truck drivers today own smartphones, tablets and wireless subscriptions. This widespread connectivity among drivers as well as office employees creates many opportunities for transportation companies to mobilize their information systems.

In 2011, U.S. Xpress (CCJ Top 250, No. 12) started development of a mobile app for drivers. Today, more than 5,400 of its drivers and owner operators, including those who work for its affiliate companies, are using their personal devices to connect with time-sensitive dispatch information and perform other routine work functions.

Drivers are introduced to Xpress Mobile during new driver orientation training classes. U.S. Xpress also promotes the app internally with posters and with the Xpress Mobile charging stations that drivers use inside company facilities.

Drivers can download the app to their Android and iOS devices from the Google Play and the Apple App Store. After a quick registration process to verify the driver is active in U.S. Xpress’ host system, the mobile app is synced up and ready for use.

With Xpress Mobile, drivers can view current load information and upcoming assignments, accept load offerings, and perform all other routine communications. New information comes through as notification alerts to capture their attention... Continue reading.

Source: ccjdigital.com/ccj-innovator-u-s-xpress-creates-mobile-apps-that-improve-lifestyle-of-drivers

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Duffy Talks Jobs with Roehl Transport

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Source: marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/news/local/
2014/10/13/duffy-talks-jobs-roehl/17221335

Need a job? Duffy talks jobs with Roehl Transport

Roehl Transport Inc. hosted U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, at an event with employees to showcase the company's truck driving school from which graduates are hired for jobs with $45,000 starting salaries.

The company has 200 openings for Wisconsin truck drivers but is having difficulties finding applicants for positions, said Jason Zaleski, Roehl CDL School development manager. Roehl Transport Inc. is based in Marshfield and hauls freight across the nation.

"We've needed to go to other cities and states" to solicit applicants for the truck-driving school, Zaleski said.

The truck driving career can necessitate being on the road for a week to up to 10 days, which discourages some from applying, he said... Continue reading...

Source: marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/news/local/
2014/10/13/duffy-talks-jobs-roehl/17221335