Congressman Jim Bridenstine Sees the Impact of the Truck Driving Industry with Visit to Roadmaster Drivers School
Jul 23, 2014 | Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Friday July 18th, Congressman Jim Bridenstine visited Roadmaster Drivers School, a professional truck driving school specializing in comprehensive commercial driver training, in Tulsa, where he experienced firsthand the importance truck driving schools play in helping train the next generation of truck drivers moving freight and the US economy forward.
Roadmaster welcomed the Congressman with a tour, an opportunity to engage with students and staff, observe the truck driver trainees in action, and understand what it is like to be trainee.
“It was an honor to have our fellow Oklahoman and Congressman, Jim Bridenstine, visit Roadmaster Tulsa,” said Debbie Burke, Director Roadmaster Tulsa. “We were thrilled to give him a campus tour, see our training in action, and discuss the numerous employment opportunities available to our students and our valuable relationships with the local WIA offices, ORO, Indian Tribes and the VA to assist with funding. Roadmaster is proud to provide quality training for a life-long skill and a professional career in an in-demand industry. We enjoy being a part of each student’s success and changing their life. We are thrilled to help put Oklahomans to work every day in a country that relies so heavily on the trucking industry and the transportation of goods imperative to our everyday life.”
The United States is currently facing a driver shortage. By 2022, the United States will lack an estimated 239,000 truck drivers to meet capacity demand. Through its members, like Roadmaster, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is helping elected officials and government agencies understand the regulatory roadblocks, including the need for adequate funding for truck driver training, hindering individuals from getting hired and filling these critical positions.
“CVTA is thrilled that Congressman Jim Bridenstine choose to visit Roadmaster Drivers School and experience the important role driving CVTA schools play in training and placing students in high quality truck driving jobs," said Don Lefeve, President and CEO, CVTA. "A career in trucking begins with our schools and we appreciate the Congressman’s willingness to learn what it takes to undergo training for in-demand occupations like truck driving. Representative Bridenstine saw firsthand the positive impact our schools play in helping Americans enter this rewarding career. We look forward to continuing to work with the Congressman to ensure we are doing everything to support the next generation of truck drivers.”
The Congressman was a truck driver trainee for a day receiving instruction for pre-trip inspections, proper entry and exit of a big rig, and shifting patterns. He also had a chance to get behind the wheel and partake in hands-on training of starting, stopping, and backing of a Class A commercial motor vehicle.
“In my Navy career I made 330 landings on the deck of an aircraft carrier, but I must admit being a little apprehensive about getting behind the wheel of a big rig. After a few minutes with the Roadmaster instructors, I appreciated the quality of training the students receive. Visiting constituent business is a great way to better understand the challenges they face. I really enjoyed this time with Roadmaster Tulsa.”
About Roadmaster: Since 1992, Roadmaster Drivers School has gained a national reputation in the trucking industry for quality training of entry-level commercial truck drivers with over 70,000 graduates and currently offers 12 training locations across the U.S.
About CVTA: The Commercial Vehicle Training Association is the largest trade association representing the interest of truck driving schools, students, carriers, and other businesses that depend on their services. CVTA school members have 180 school locations in 41 States and graduate approximately 50,000 student annually.
CVTA: Drew Krejci,
ROADMASTER: Holli Hudson, Vice President of Marketing
Cutline: Congressman Jim Bridenstine had a chance to get behind the wheel of a Class A commercial motor vehicle while visiting Roadmaster Tulsa Driving School.