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CVTA Reaffirms Need to Eliminate Roadblocks Hindering Commercial Truck Driver Employment

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Washington, D.C., June 6, 2014 - Following the Bureau of Labors Statistics release of May employment numbers, CVTA President and CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement:

"Today's job report is an important metric for measuring the health and growth of the US economy. The report also helps understand employment in the trucking industry.

"While the economy added 217,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3%, for-hire truck transportation added 1,500 jobs. While this is positive, we all know it does not meet the needs of carriers and the industry as a whole. The trucking industry still has many jobs that need high quality truck drivers but are going unfilled.

"We need to spotlight why these jobs are not being filled and eliminate unnecessary roadblocks which are hindering individuals from getting hired. Roadblocks such as CDL skills testing delays, ensuring adequate funding for truck driver training, and others remain. It is important for us to educate key stakeholders, including Congress and State governments, on these and other issues in order to reduce barriers keeping people from getting good paying jobs.

"CVTA will continue to do everything we can to address these roadblocks to employment and ensure our members continue to training high quality truck drivers and place them in important jobs that will help drive our economy forward."

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Washington This Week

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There were two important events affecting the transportation sector this week. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-9 to approve the Collins Amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2015. Senator Collins amendment suspends the new Hours of Service restart rules for 1 year while the FMCSA undertakes an extensive study on the issue.

The second event occurring this week was a hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security which took testimony in an effort to produce a transportation reauthorization bill.  As you may know, the current bill, MAP-21, expires at the end of this fiscal year. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro provided testimony on a host of issues affecting the trucking industry. In her testimony, she discussed medical examiners, Hours of Service rules, Electronic Logging Devices, and the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule.

Administrator Ferro was questioned extensively on the Hours of Service rules by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Senator Ayotte asked tough questions regarding the “rigorous analysis” the FMCSA has conducted noting the small of a sample size of FMCSA’s study. The study focused on 106 drivers over the span of an average of 12 days.  Administrator Ferro claimed the study was statistically relevant considering it is the most comprehensive study on the topic to date.

Sen. Ayotte also pointed out that the Hours of Service restart rules force more truck drivers to drive during the daytime. Administrator Ferro responded arguing that increased truck driver alertness caused by the Hours of Service rules will more than offset the safety concerns raised by a higher volume of trucks on the road during the day.  She admitted, however, that no data has been done regarding the number of additional trucks on the road during the day as a result of the service hour requirement.

To view this hearing, please click here.

 

Don Lefeve

President & CEO,

Commercial Vehicle Training Association

Office: 703-642-9444

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CVTA Welcomes Step Forward in Addressing America's Workforce Development System

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CVTA Welcomes Step Forward in Addressing America's Workforce Development System

 

Association focused on keeping the American economy moving forward by providing quality truck driver training that addresses the growing needs of carriers

 

Washington, D.C. (May. 21, 2014) - The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, motor carriers, and the businesses that depend on their services, today announced its support of Congress' bipartisan effort to improve the nation's workforce development system through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA focuses on aligning training needs with jobs that can and need to be filled. CVTA members are dedicated to streamlining the process of enrolling students into schools, training them as quality drivers, and placing them into jobs in order to reduce the growing driver shortage, projected to reach 239,000 in the next 10 years. WIOA is a positive step forward in ensuring workers seeking to enter truck driving and other in-demand professional receive the proper assistance, obtain the right training and skills, and are placed into jobs that will positively impact the economy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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By Daniel P. Bearth, Staff Writer
Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=34476&t=Drivers-Face-Delays-in-CDL-Skills-Test-Training-Schools-Ask-Congress-to-Help
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

Source: ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=34476&t=Drivers-Face-Delays-in-CDL-Skills-Test-Training-Schools-Ask-Congress-to-Help