CVTA NEWS

This page provides links to all CVTA announcements and press releases published throughout the year.


CVTA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS

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Associations’ Truck Driver Training Program Members to Realize Discounts on Tires and Retreads

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – December 21, 2017 – Today, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) – the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States – announced an exclusive deal for its members on tires and retreads with Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone). The deal will provide significant savings of up to 15 percent for CVTA’s school members to outfit their truck and trailer fleet with best-in-class products and services.  

“At Bridgestone we are committed to provide best to our customers and the society thereby contributing to improved safety and quality of lives of people everywhere. Through this partnership, Bridgestone will provide high quality products and services to CVTA members while also helping them realize substantial savings,” said Tomas Fernandez, Fleet Business Development Manager, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Jobs in the trucking industry are in high demand and drivers deserve the best equipment available, especially tires. We are excited about this partnership as it aligns us with an association that promotes safety through quality driver training.”

CVTA members will realize the following benefits:

  • Discounts on Bridgestone and Firestone commercial truck tires, as well as Bandag retreads; and;
  • Access to and support from the largest tire dealer network in the United States.

Partnering with Bridgestone enables our members access to quality tires, such as the company’s Bridgestone, Firestone and Bandag brands. These are leading brands in the commercial tire industry,” said CVTA President and CEO, Don Lefeve. “Equipment and maintenance are major expenses for schools, and providing our members with ways to save money on such high-quality products are exactly the deals CVTA is looking to put in place. We believe that this deal compliments our other discounts and demonstrates real ROI for our membership.”

To learn more about how to enroll in this program, contact CVTA’s Cindy Atwood at 703.642.9444 ext. 102.

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About Bridgestone Americas
Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

About CVTA
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contacts: 

Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104   
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Payal Raj
Communications Manager, Commercial
Bridgestone Americas
615.937.4335
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CVTA’s President & CEO Responds to President Trump’s Plan to Cut $1 Billion in Grants for Workforce Training

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 23, 2017 – Today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY 2018 budget and urging members of Congress to support funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) at authorized levels.

“We are disappointed by the Trump administration’s proposal to drastically cut Workforce Innovation and Opportunities (WIOA) Act grants by nearly $1 billion. WIOA is a critical funding source, which allows thousands of individuals to receive the education and training needed to enter in-demand careers like commercial truck and bus driving.

The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage and cuts to programs like WIOA will further exacerbate this problem. WIOA grants help Americans acquire the training needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license, gets people back to work, and keeps our nation’s economy moving forward.

CVTA looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that WIOA is fully funded as authorized.”

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About CVTA 

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTAmembers represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. 

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104
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CVTA Applauds California’s Transportation Committee’s Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – April 25, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the California Assembly Transportation Committee’s passage of A.B. 301 that would work to resolve the states’ commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays.

“Yesterday, the state of California took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. By unanimous passage of A.B. 301, the Transportation Committee recognized the need to reign in excessive and unnecessary skill testing delays in California. In some locations, the reported wait times can exceed 60 days. We believe this bill, and the committee’s action, puts the focus on reducing barriers for students seeking jobs.

CVTA would like to Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-52nd) and Jim Patterson (R-23rd) and the other co-sponsors for their leadership. Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org 

Media Contact
Kristine Gager

Director of Communications

CVTA

703.642.9444 ext. 104
 
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CVTA Applauds New Jersey Legislatures for its Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – February 7, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the enactment of New Jersey’s law to solve commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays:

“Yesterday, the State of New Jersey took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. The legislation signed into law means the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) will establish a pilot program that allows third parties to conduct the CDL testing in addition to the MVC. By allowing third parties to test, New Jersey joins 40 states that currently embrace these public-private partnerships. As other states have demonstrated, these partnerships significantly reduce CDL testing delays and save the state money. It is a ‘win-win’ for students, businesses, and government.

CVTA would like to thank the following state leaders for their bipartisan effort: Republican Lieutenant Governor Guadagno’s Red Tape Commission, Senators Oroho (R-24th) and Bucco (R-25th), as well as Assemblymen Burzichelli (D-3rd) and Dancer (R-12th). Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 41 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104  
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CVTA Applauds FMCSA's Entry-Level Driver Training Final Rule

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – December 7, 2016 – After 25 years of working to develop a rule that advances driver safety through training, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its Final Rule on Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT). CVTA commends the FMCSA for focusing on performance and process, both in the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, as the rule underscores the importance of training in the commercial driving profession. In addition, the Final Rule acknowledges the significance of training provider affiliations such as CVTA.

This Final Rule requires commercial drivers to receive training prior to obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Specifically, it requires training providers to:

  • register with the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR) and certify that their program meets the standards for classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training; 
  • certify students have completed BTW training to a proficiency standard;
  • certify their program teaches the required classroom subjects (outlined in the Final Rule), and that students have completed a written assessment covering all subjects with a passing score of 80% or higher; and 
  • certify students have demonstrated proficiency in operating a vehicle before siting for the CDL exam.

“The FMCSA has put forth a common-sense rule, which recognizes the value and importance of effectively training commercial drivers based on their actual performance,” said Don Lefeve, president & CEO, CVTA. “This Rule ensures that students can only sit for their CDL exam after demonstrating driving and knowledge proficiency. This is a major step in advancing highway safety by requiring driver training and ends nearly twenty-five years of effort to get this rule in place.”

The Final Rule goes into effect on February 6, 2017, with a compliance date of February 6, 2020.

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 41 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104 (w)
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2016 Mike O'Connell Top Rookie of the Year Winner Announced

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Announced during an award ceremony on August 26 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Werner Driver, Christopher Crowell, who attended CDS Tractor Trailer Training was named the Top Rookie of the Year.

Named in honor of the late CVTA Executive Director Mike O'Connell, this award recognizes the best truck driver who has been on the job for less than a year.

We would also like to congratulate the nine finalists for their excellent work as well:

  • Mario Cardenas of TMC Transportation (Roadmaster Drivers School)
  • Brian College of Carbon Express, Inc. (Commercial Drivers School)
  • Brandon Douglas of Melton Truck Lines, Inc. (American Truck Training)
  • Shawna Froehlich of Dartco, Inc. (Heavy Metal Truck Training)
  • Dave Honbarger of Maverick Transportation, Inc. (TransTech)
  • Willis Robinson of Cargo Transporters, Inc. (Future Truckers of America)
  • Kenneth Strother of Stevens Transport (Diesel Driving Academy)
  • Marc Walther of Wil-Trans (Northeast Technical Institute)
  • Kenneth Youmans of Dutch Maid Logistics (Professional Drivers Academy)

The Trucking's Top Rookie of the Year award is a partnership between Truckers News, the Truckload Cariers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), Rand McNally, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

CVTA congratulates the winner and the finalists for all their hard work and continued success as professional truck drivers.

CVTA Legislative and Regulatory Update - April 21, 2016

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House Holds Roundtable Discussion of Fast Act’s Trucking-Related Provisions

Last Wednesday, the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a roundtable policy discussion focusing on the implementation of Title V of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Participants of the roundtable included, in addition to members of the Subcommittee: Bill Quade of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); Dave Osiecki, of the American Trucking Associations (ATA); Todd Spencer, of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA); Bill Blankenship, of Greyhound Lines, Inc.; Collin Mooney, of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA); and Cathy Chase, of Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety.

Title V contains the motor carrier provisions of the FAST Act, including numerous provisions that are of particular importance to our members. To name a few, Title V includes the requirement that the FMCSA provide an annual report on CDL testing delay times in each state (Section 5506), a requirement that DOT create a pilot program to study the feasibility of allowing certain veterans between ages 18 and 21 drive commercial motor vehicles interstate (Section 5404), a provision allowing motor carriers to use hair testing as an acceptable alternative to urine testing (Section 5402), and a provision requiring FMCSA to prioritize the completion of the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule (Section 5302). Title V also contains numerous provisions aimed at deregulating the industry while maintaining safety on U.S. roads.

Though much of the discussion focused on how FMCSA uses data to regulate the trucking industry, participants also discussed FMCSA’s proposed entry-level driver training rule, as well as the driver shortage.

Specifically, ATA and most other participants expressed their support for the FAST Act’s requirement that FMCSA prioritize certain rulemakings – including entry-level driver training standards – before moving on to other proposed rules. (CVSA, however, expressed concern that a requirement that FMCSA prioritize these more controversial rulemakings before moving on to others would prevent or delay completion of others.) Cathy Chase, of Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety, expressed her support for the “long-overdue” entry-level driver training rule and its requirement that new drivers complete a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training hours. Ms. Chase explained that the minimum number of requisite hours agreed upon during negotiations – 30 – was agreed upon with all members at the table. When explaining why, she stated that “if you talk to a person outside of this room” and tell that that the minimum entry-level driver training requirement has no actual behind-the-wheel requirement, “they’ll think you’re crazy.” Todd Spencer, of OOIDA, also touched on the importance of the rule when describing his concerns that many of FMCSA’s extensive regulations do not actually produce safety. He pointed out that extensive enforcement proposals abound, but this entry-level driver training rule marks the “first time ever [that] we are actually going to require a driver to have some meager primitive experience operating that truck.” Ms. Chase also expressed her support for the proposed rule’s establishment of a national registry of approved training providers, which she said would address the problem of CDL mills.

Industry leaders and members of congress also touched on the national driver shortage and expressed a general agreement that there should be some sort of effort to look into this issue in more detail, including the ways that improving retention rates could help to address the shortage.


U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security Warns that Internet Connected Cars Could be Targets for Hackers

According to an April 13, 2016 Washington Post Article, John Carlin, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, spoke last week about his concerns regarding the extent to which internet-connected cars are vulnerable to hackers. Carlin, who was speaking at an auto industry conference in Detroit, stated in reference to internet-connected and driverless cars that “[t]here is no Internet-connected system where you can build a wall that’s high enough or deep enough to keep a dedicated nation-state adversary or a sophisticated criminal group out of the system."

To read the story in full, click here.


American Transportation Research Institute Launches Commercial Driver Survey To Gather Information on Sleep Apnea

According to an April 14, 2016 press release issued by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the organization has begun work on “Understanding the Impacts of Sleep Apnea on Commercial Drivers,” which ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee identified as one of its top research priorities for 2016.

As one of the first steps in this research, ATRI has launched an online survey, which seeks input from commercial drivers “on their perspectives, personal experiences, and knowledge of sleep apnea.” The survey also “solicits information on sleep apnea assessments and treatments that drivers may have received, as well as the perceived effectiveness of those treatments.”

The online version of the survey will be available through mid-May and can be found here.


FMCSA Requests Comments Regarding Missouri’s Application for Limited Exemption from Federal CDL Requirements

The Missouri Department of Revenue (Missouri DOR) has submitted a request for a limited exemption from FMCSA’s requirement that drivers pass the general knowledge test before being issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). Specifically, the Missouri DOR would like FMCSA to exempt certain qualified veterans who participated in dedicated training (i.e. trained military truck drivers) from the requirement that these drivers take and pass the knowledge test in order to obtain their CLP.

Among its arguments in favor of this exemption, the Missouri DOR maintains that this exemption is appropriate because “qualified veterans who have participated in dedicated training in approved military programs have already received numerous hours of classroom training, practical skills training, and one-on-one road training that are essential for safe driving.”

To read FMCSA’s notice in full, or to submit a comment, please click here.


Despite Concerns from Some Industry Leaders, NHTSA Moves Forward with Six Month Plan to Develop Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to move forward with its development of federal guidelines for automated cars. As part of DOT’s efforts to publish draft regulations for automated cars by July of this year, NHTSA announced that it would hold a series of public hearings meant to “gather information on a series of issues related to safe operation of automated vehicles.”

The first of these public hearings was held on April 8 of this year. Though some automakers expressed concerns regarding the aggressive timetable for the development of these regulations in April’s public hearing, NHTSA representatives defended the six month plan, pointing to the fact that, absent regulations, “people are going to just keep putting stuff on the road with no guidance on how we do this the right way.”

NHTSA is now moving forward with the second of its two scheduled hearings, announcing last week that its second hearing would be held on April 27, 2016 in Stanford, California. According to its official announcement, NHTSA is seeking input from the public “on those aspects of automated vehicle (AV) systems that would benefit from operational guidelines.”

To register for this hearing or to find out more, please click here.