Student truck drivers in limbo despite surge in shipping demands

Student truck drivers in limbo despite surge in shipping demands

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 17, 2020

As the nation’s economy slows, the trucking industry is busier than ever delivering goods and keeping shelves stocked.

But with State Drivers License Agencies closed in more than 20 states, students are stuck in a holding pattern.

“Truck drivers or bus drivers aren’t produced overnight; it takes a number of weeks or months to get them trained,” said Don Lefeve, President and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA).

In states where DMV’s are closed, students can’t get their Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), which authorizes them to practice on public roads with a qualified CDL holder in the vehicle. Without a CLP, students are losing out on valuable weeks of on-the-road training.

And those ready to test for their Commercial Drivers License (CDL) are also in limbo.

“That’s really problematic for our members and for motor carriers that want to hire new drivers,” said Lefeve.

The industry was already…

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