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Industry Groups Challenge Provision of New Licensing Rule

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A coalition of industry groups is challenging a provision of the recent federal rule that sets tough new testing standards for commercial licenses.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule, posted last month, contains a provision that prohibits third parties from administering skills tests to the applicants they have trained. The agency put in the prohibition as protection against a possible conflict of interest arising from a trainer at a commercial training school also acting as a state-certified test examiner.

But the industry coalition, in a petition filed yesterday at the agency, said this will cause problems for the industry and the states. It will "greatly exacerbate" the driver shortage by limiting entry-level drivers and will impose burdens on states that allow third-party testing.

The coalition members are American Trucking Associations, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, the Truckload Carriers Association and the Professional Truck Driver Institute, an arm of TCA.

They complain in their petition that this provision was not included in earlier versions of the rule. "Had it been included, there would have been a great outcry from both trucking interests, and the entry-level commercial driver training industry," the coalition said.

The provision evidently got into the final rule after Oregon and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association suggested it in their comments on the proposed rule, the coalition said. It added that the suggestion should have been noticed for comment by other parties before it was adopted.

The coalition also said that the final rule already contains safeguards against fraud, such as background checks and training for third-party testers. And, the July 8 effective date of the rule means that training schools and motor carriers will have just a month to implement significant changes in their business practices, the coalition said.
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Source: truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73873&news_category_id=3

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Scammer Alert! 6/1/2011

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From Roadmaster:

We received a call at approximately 12:00 noon from a guy who said his name was Chuck Davis. He claimed he was the Director of Driver Service for Con Way. Said he was looking for 3 drivers to fill empty seats. His phone is 205-381-3382 also said felony over 5 years ok, DUI over 3 years ok pay scale of $425 per week for 6 weeks after .28 cents a mile. This for some reason didn't sit well so I contacted Con Way to verify Mr. Davis was who he claimed to be. After speaking to Con Way, they informed me that no such employee existed. I had one of our employees to call Mr. Davis looking for one of these positions he was told that he needed to supply a phone # where Davis could call him back.

Beware the scammers are out there!
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Joplin, Missouri Needs Our Help

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From Dave Heller of TCA

Good morning:

As you know, the city of Joplin, Missouri, was ravaged by one of the most devastating tornadoes in U.S. history and has requested assistance from the trucking industry. Joplin-based carrier Con-Way Truckload has informed TCA that many of its neighbors have asked to borrow trailers for storage. While Con-way is happy to help, it simply does not have enough equipment to meet the demand. About 15-20 more trailers are currently needed and given the circumstances, each would have to be on loan for an indefinite period of time. If you can help, please contact Randy Cornell, vice president, maintenance, at Con-Way Truckload at (417) 623-5229 x5737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you for your assistance.
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Petition for Reconsideration to All Members

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As many of you know, on May 8 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Final Rule regarding Commercial Learner's Permits.  The Final Rule prohibits schools from testing (as third-party testers) students that they have trained.

The CVTA Board of Directors authorized the filing of a Petition for Reconsideration of the third party testing prohibition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Following that authorization, CVTA shared its concerns and coordinated with others impacted by the provision. 

We are pleased to report that a Petition for Reconsideration was filed today on behalf of five entities:  the American Trucking Associations, Inc.; the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Inc.; the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driver Training Schools, Inc.; the Truckload Carriers Association, Inc.; and the Professional Truck Driver Institute. CVTA is very pleased to have the support of these other organizations on this important issue.

Click here for a copy of the Petition.  (Log-in Required.)

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Job Fair Invitation - Great Lakes Truck Driving School

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Great Lakes Truck Driving School will be hosting a job fair on June 2nd, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This job fair is expected to be one of the largest truck driving job fairs in the history of the state.

35 - 40 companies from all over the country will be seeking candidates to fill multiple truck driver job openings. Job seekers are encouraged to bring a resume and be prepared to fill out applications. This event is open to the public, free to attend, and there is no need to register.

Non-CDL holders are also encouraged to attend. The job fair is a great chance to learn about the many opportunities available within the industry.

Over 400 jobseekers were in attendance at the Great Lakes Truck Driving School October 28th, 2010 job fair. The fair featured 23 companies seeking experienced and inexperienced truck drivers.

For more details on the event, including a list of scheduled recruiters, visit greatlakestds.com and click on the, “School Events” button or call (866) 932-3436.