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.”


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

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United Truck Driving School Featured in KRA Monthly Spotlight

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Truck Driver Shortage Means Thousands of Jobs Need to be Filled

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