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  • February 14, 2020

Season 1 Episode 6 - What Does the Delay of the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Mean for Trucking?

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The entry-level driver training requirements were a long time coming – and now they’re going to be even longer, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a two-year delay just days before the new regulation was to go into effect Feb. 7. On this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, we have three people with a stake in the ELDT program, and they aren't happy that it's been pushed back. Some say the delay will allow CDL mills more time to crank out under-qualified drivers. Our guests are:

  • Don Lefeve, president and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. The group has about 200 members located in 43 states that combined, graduate 50,000 truck drivers every year.
  • Tim Kordula, CDL instructor and administrator at Karl's Transport Commercial Driver CDL Training School in Antigo, Wisconsin.
  • Laura McMillan, VP of training program development at Instructional Technologies Inc. She has served on the curriculum certification committee of the Professional Truck Driver Institute and served on the curriculum subcommittee as part of the ELDT proposed rule.

Entry Level Driver Training Rule in Federal Register

Commercial Vehicle Training Association

Karl's Transport Commercial Driver CDL Training School

Instructional Technologies Inc.

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Season 1

  • February 14, 2020

Season 1 Episode 5 - ELDs: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Mike Ahart, VP of Regulatory Affairs at Omnitracs, and John Seidl, a former commercial vehicle enforcement official-turned transportation-consultant and VP of Risk Services at Reliance Partners, weigh in on what the trucking industry looks like now post-ELD Mandate. It turns out, Dec. 18, 2019 wasn’t the end of the ELD story, and that plenty of issues remain unresolved.

  • January 31, 2020

Season 1 Episode 4 - How Do We Get Started With Electric Trucks?

This episode looks at highlights from a Fleet Forward Conference panel discussion, in which HDT Talks Trucking host Jim Park and panelists discuss how electric trucks will work in real-world fleet operations, focusing on integration, cost, and productivity.

  • January 31, 2020

Season 1 Episode 3 - Does Trucking Have a Drug Problem?

In this episode of HDT Talks Trucking, we sit down with Dave Osiecki, President and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, to get answers to some of the biggest questions that the FMCSA’s long-awaited Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is posing to motor carriers.

  • January 17, 2020

Season 1 Episode 2 - How Far Have We Come with Electric Trucks?

Jim Park, HDT Equipment Editor, and Jack Roberts, HDT Senior Editor, discuss the electric future and their experiences driving and reporting on various electric trucks in recent years. You will also hear excerpts from Fleet Forward Conference presentations given by Bill Combs, Director of Connected Fleet at Penske Transportation Solutions, and Chris Nordh, Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology at Ryder Systems.

  • January 20, 2020

Season 1 Episode 1 - What Does It Take to Turn Around a Fleet with a Sagging Safety Record?

Virginia Tech senior researcher, Matt Camden, joins this episode of HDT Talks Trucking to provide insights into how changing driving hiring policies, building a better safety culture, and adopting some advanced safety technology can improve fleet safety performance and better CSA scores.

  • January 8, 2020

Season One Trailer

Listen to a preview of what's to come on the HDT Talks Trucking podcast! HDT Equipment Editor, Jim Park, gives an overview of what topics the podcast covers, as well as a sneak peek with clips from season one.