VTBA Master Truck Driver

Dear VTBA Member:

Do you have an exceptional driver that you would like to recognize?

The Master Truck Driver Certification program is a prestigious program that is intended to recognize those drivers in your employment who have achieved a high level of professionalism through the safe operation of motor vehicles and who you believe have exemplified the ideals of the Vermont Truck & Bus Association and American trucking industry during their career.

Please take this opportunity to recognize your drivers who have achieved an exceptional safety record during their career (usually more than ten years). The total required miles or hours of driving time may be at your company and/or with a previous employer.  Filling out a nomination form to recognize a driver who has served your company with distinction is the single act on your part that helps boost personal and company esteem, and also promotes our industry.

Each driver who is awarded this certification will receive a dignified plaque, a specially designed jacket and shirt from VTBA. The presentations will be made in a special ceremony this fall at a time and location yet to be determined. In the past, we have invited the Governor to present the plaques to the drivers. In addition, VTBA publicly recognizes the drivers in our newsletters, on the cover of our VTBA Annual Directory and website.

A nomination form is attached for your use, and there is no limit to how many of your drivers you can nominate. Nomination forms will be reviewed by a committee of experienced trucking industry representatives who are members of the VTBA.

Please take a few moments to recognize those drivers to whom you feel are deserving of this prestigious certification. If you have any questions about the program or the criteria for application, please do not hesitate to call me at (802) 228-3112.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is July 15th.

Sincerely,

MaryGrace

Nomination Form

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Truckers News is looking for the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner receives $10,000and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists will each receive $1,000 and prizes packages as well.

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VTBA FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Pilot Program to Allow Drivers Ages 18-20 to Operate CMVs in Interstate Commerce, Additional resources and information

Additional resources and information, including “Frequently Asked Questions,” available at:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-seeks-public-comment-pilot-program-allow-drivers-ages-18-20-operate-commercial-motor

May 14, 2019

Contact:  Kyle Bonini

Phone: (202) 366-9999

FMCSA.PublicAffairs@dot.gov

FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Pilot Program to

Allow Drivers Ages 18-20 to

Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate Commerce

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s(USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

“Commercial trucks and buses are essential to a thriving national economy, and the Department wants to ensure the public has an opportunity to comment on this important potential change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Drivers ages 18-20 may currently only operate CMVs in intrastate commerce.  In July 2018, USDOT announced https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/new-usdot-pilot-program-provides-boost-military-recruitmentthe details of the Commercial Driver Pilot Program required under the FixingAmerica’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which allows certain 18- to20-year-olds with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

Today’s action requests comments on a second pilot program to allow non-military drivers ages 18-20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.  FMCSA requests comments on the training, qualifications, driving limitations, and vehicle safety systems that FMCSA should consider in developing options or approaches for a second pilot program for younger drivers.

“We want input from the public on efforts that offer the potential to create more jobs in the commercial motor vehicle industry while maintaining the highest level of safety.  We encourage all CMV stakeholders to submit comments on a potential interstate pilot program for younger drivers,” said FMCSAAdministrator Raymond P. Martinez.

The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/15/2019-09944/commercial-drivers-licenses-pilot-program-to-allow-drivers-under-21-to-operate-commercial-motor

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VTBA Border Crossing With Enhanced Licenses

Dear Member,

Recently we had a member contact Vermont Truck and Bus Association office with a concern about crossing into Canada (and returning to Vermont) using an Enhanced Driver’s License (CDL).  Motor carrier members might begin to encounter difficulties with drivers who have been issued Enhanced Licenses from the Vermont DMV going through the renewal process.  This is what is happening:  Central Issuing (using an out of state vendor) is mailing licenses, after drivers finish the renewal process, to CDL (and non-CDL) operators.  What this means is that a driver will begin the renewal process by going into a DMV, completing the required forms and paying the required fee.  At this point, the driver must surrender their current license (valid or expired) and in exchange will receive a temporary paper copy.  This temporary Enhanced license cannot be used as ID when returning to the US from Canada as it is not a government-issued photo ID.  The expected turnaround for drivers to receive their new license is 7– 10 business days, which means 7 – 10 business days that drivers might not beable to perform their regular route (if that includes going into Canada). The reason for this email is two part:

Does your business model include delivering or picking up freight in/out of Canada:  Yes      No

If Yes, do you see the situation described above as being problematic?  If so, would you be willing to engage in conversation with VT DMV to enact a resolution that works for industry?

FYI – in NH this problem was resolved by the NH DMV clipping the corner of the valid license and returning to the license holder. 

Please see reference below from the US Customs and Border Protection website regarding temporary license.

U.Temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

Can I use a temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) receipt for the EDL to travel while I’m waiting for the official card?

No. A temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or receipt provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is not a valid travel document.

Please give your feedback to Vera Tucker in the VTBA office, 802-479-1778, or vera@vtba.org.

Thank you!

Robert J. Sculley

Executive Director Vermont Truck & Bus Association