March 18, 2020
We’re writing to update you on the timely actions that we are taking to urge state and federal governments to maintain or reinstate CDL training and licensure operations in your state. We are in contact with ATA, TCA, AAMVA, and State Trucking Associations. We remain in close contact with the FMCSA. We have reached out to the Department of Homeland Security in attempts to have CDL schools and SDLA employees listed as a Tier 1 employees. We are trying to leverage any and all assets to force state governments to take appropriate actions on these issues. At the same time, we are asking that you take the critical step of reaching out to the contacts below with the attached email correspondence.
Our message is clear to all Governors and federal officials:
- CDL schools are critical to our national interest to keep good moving
- Allow CDL schools to remain open (or exempt from any emergency declaration)
- Limit class size to no more than 10 people, test students daily for temperature
- Keep state driver’s license agencies open (even if limited) to issue Commercial Learner’s Permits
- Schools and DMV testing should adhere to safety protocols
- Cleaning/wipe down after each CDL test
On a federal level, we have been in contact with the FMCSA and the agency is working to encourage state partners to permit ongoing training and licensure where practicable. In Congress, we are communicating with Congressional staff attempting to ensure that any relief or stimulus bills include provisions related to CDL training.
Earlier today we sent the following email to CVTA Motor Carrier Members urging them to reach out to State Trucking Associations. Click here for the same email template, and we ask that you send it to the following contacts.
Your Governor’s Office: https://bit.ly/3dexPsa
Your State Legislators: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Your Federal Legislators: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative ;
Your State Trucking Association: https://www.ttnews.com/government-industry-resources