CVTA Well Represented at Conferences

Commercial Vehicle Training Association representatives have recently participated in a number of regional conferences sponsored by the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools. Mike O’Connell participated in the conference held in Chattanooga, Tenn., and presented information on the pending entry-level driver training rulemaking, the petition for reconsideration on third-party testing, Workforce Investment Act funding and the Drive the Guard Program. The event was organized and sponsored by U.S. Xpress.

Former Chairman Lou Spoonhour represented CVTA at a regional conference in Green Bay, Wis. He said that the conference proved to be a lively discussion on a number of topics related to entry-level driver training. CVTA board members Gary Strube and Mike O’Connell presented at a conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gary’s presentation on the CVTA Instructor Certification Program was well received, and Mike discussed pending rulemakings, the impact of further budget cuts in WIA funding and the Drive the Guard Program. CVTA members John Rojas and Homer Paul also participated in the Corpus Christi meeting.

Earlier this year, CVTA and NAPFTDS filed a joint Petition for Reconsideration of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule banning third-party testing by schools. American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association and Professional Truck Driver Institute also joined the two groups in filing the petition.  Participation and interaction between both associations representing driver training organizations is a significant positive step for the trucking industry.