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MBM Customized Foodservice Announces the Winners of their 2015 Driver Referral Contest

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Rocky Mount, NC – July 17, 2015 – On Thursday, July 16, 2015, MBM awarded prizes to the first, second, and third place winners of their 2015 Driver Referral Contest at the Bob Moore Ford Dealership, located at 8948 S I-35 Service Road in Oklahoma City, OK. The contest encouraged MBM Teammates to refer the most new driver hires during the contest period between March 1 and June 30, 2015.

The first place winner received a fully-loaded 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew Cab pickup truck while second and third place winners received a 60” LED Smart HDTV with Bose Home Theater Surround Sound System and a $500 Visa gift card, respectively.

MBM is pleased to recognize these winners for their hard work and dedication to bringing more members into the MBM family:

• First Place: Wes Weathers, Oklahoma City, OK. Wes is married to his wife Rachel and has 4 children. Wes joined the MBM Oklahoma City team on April 6, 2015, only three months ago, and immediately began recruiting qualified driver teammates. From April 6 through June 30, he referred 14 driver teammates. Eleven of those referrals have already been hired and are in training, and one additional driver teammate is currently in the hiring process. Wes’ innovative idea of a Facebook page announcing that MBM was looking for qualified drivers, giving positive information on the company, and explaining how they could apply, has earned him the first place prize. Bobby York, Wes’ transportation manager said, “Wes displays strong leadership skills every day and is a major contributor to the success of OKC. Wes did a great job in recruiting and is still actively recruiting teammates. The skills that Wes demonstrates are that of a leader, coach, and team player. Teammates are viewing Wes as a leader and he willingly helps all of his teammates. Wes is a major contributing factor in the success that OKC is currently having.”

• Second Place: Lenny Baker, Denver, CO. Lenny has only been with the Denver Center as a driver for six months! Lenny has been married for 35 years, has three daughters, and eight grandkids! In his off time, Lenny enjoys hunting and fishing and is an avid golfer. Lenny states that he loves MBM and is looking forward to winning the next contest!

• Third Place: Marvin Tolbert, Macon, GA. Marvin has been with MBM of Macon since August of 2007 and is number 24 on the driver seniority list. He currently runs four routes per week in the Atlanta market. Tom Davidson, Macon DC Manager, and Todd Holland, Macon Transportation Supervisor, had this to say about Marvin: “Marvin has been a valuable teammate here in Macon, especially over this past year with the roll out of key stops in the Georgia market for Chick-fil-A.” Marvin is currently married and has one son named Marvin Tolbert, Jr., who was hired on in Macon as a driver. Marvin also has a daughter and a stepdaughter. When Marvin isn’t busy recruiting teammates and working, he enjoys cooking and hanging out with his family.

MBM is proud of the hard work and dedication our entire team puts forth daily, whether on the road or in one of our many locations. We are extremely excited to award these prizes to some of our hardest workers who have helped MBM add many new drivers to our team.

Visit us at mbmcareers.com to become one of those drivers and to find a location near you.

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Veterans grab driver jobs

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Many veterans are transitioning to driver jobs, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have now taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military Skills Test Waiver Program.

In the first three years of the Military Skills Test Waiver Program, approximately 6,000 former military personnel obtained a civilian commercial driver’s license (CDL). In the past 12 months alone, another 4,000 individuals, including Reserves, National Guard, and U.S. Coast Guard service members, have taken advantage of the Program.

The Military Skills Test Waiver Program, which began in 2011, grants state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus.

Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies.

“In the near future, the need for skilled truck drivers is expected to grow dramatically,” said FMCSA Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “Having skillful and experienced drivers operating on our roadways will lead to increased safety for every member of the motoring public.”

“It is our duty to help returning veterans transition into civilian life, and I am proud that so many have used this program to secure careers in the transportation sector,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Just as important, we want to put their valuable skills and experience to work driving the Nations’ economy.”

Art winners highlight the importance of driver jobs

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

An art contest about wearing seatbelts is highlighting the importance of driver jobs.

Two elementary school students won top honors in the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC.

Fourth grader Heather Li of Orlando, Fla., and 2nd grader Julia Ou of Livingston, New Jersey, received framed replicas of their artwork plus a monetary award courtesy of the CMV Safety Belt Partnership.

“It is especially important for large truck and bus drivers to buckle up in order to stay in control of their vehicles, and be ready for unforeseen circumstances,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “We continue to put out friendly reminders to all drivers that something as simple as fastening your safety belt can be the determining factor that saves your life.”

The annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and 30 other government agencies and private organizations.

The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who also have a sponsor in the commercial truck and bus industries.

“It is especially important for large truck and bus drivers to buckle up in order to stay in control of their vehicles, and be ready for unforeseen circumstances,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “We continue to put out friendly reminders to all drivers that something as simple as fastening your safety belt can be the determining factor that saves your life.”

Medical professionals on registry for driver jobs

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

More than 30,000 medical professionals are now on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, which will benefit those with driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that almost 8,000 more were added last summer.

The new system launched last month with 22,000 providers.

Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification.

All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL).

As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test.

The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing.

To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

Committee to convene about training for driver jobs

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A new committee has been formed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classroom and new behind-the-wheel training requirements for professional truck drivers and bus drivers.

The Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee comprises a diverse cross-section of motor carrier interests, including training organizations, the intercity bus and trucking industries, law enforcement, labor unions, and safety advocates. The committee is tasked with negotiating the issues to be addressed in a proposed training rule, which the agency intends to issue by the fall of 2015, with a final rule expected in 2016.

In December, FMCSA reported that it intended to establish a committee to examine minimum training requirements, including length of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel experience, accreditation versus certification of Commercial Driver’s License training programs and schools, curricula for passenger, property and hazardous materials carriers, instructor qualifications, as well as other areas.

“Ensuring roadway safety starts with the driver,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “Finalizing new training requirements for truck and bus operators is one of my top priorities and we have tapped a group of uniquely qualified stakeholders to help us work through the details and meet this goal.”

“Over the next 30 years, we’re going to be relying on trucks – and truckers – to move more than 40 percent more freight than they currently do,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “With more people and freight crossing our country than ever before, this committee’s work will be critical to ensuring that commercial drivers are fully capable of operating their vehicles safely.”

Grants to advance safety technologies for driver jobs

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the availability of $30 million in state grants through two annual programs that will help the technology of those who have driver jobs.

The programs will modernize their technology infrastructure to more efficiently collect and disseminate real-time safety data to roadside inspectors and law enforcement personnel.

FMCSA works closely with state commercial vehicle inspectors and law enforcement personnel to monitor the compliance of truck and bus companies and commercial drivers with federal safety regulations.

All violations discovered during unannounced roadside inspections, as well as all driving violations by truck and bus drivers, are entered into a national data system that can be retrieved throughout the country.

The availability of timely data to roadside inspectors and law enforcement personnel is crucial to improving safety on the nation’s highways and roads.

“FMCSA has long embraced the latest technology in pursuit of our mission reducing the number and the severity of crashes involving large trucks and buses,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “With advanced, real-time data tools, roadside inspectors are able to prioritize carriers for detail inspections based upon their past performance, while assisting law enforcement officers conducting on-scene crash investigations. The value of these technological tools cannot be overstated.”

“Safety is our highest priority and we expect that truck and bus companies, and their drivers, are also focused on safety at all times,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Providing our state partners with the most effective tools for identifying unsafe trucks, buses, and commercial drivers in real time is an investment that pays dividends in preventing crashes and saving lives.”

Committee to affect those with driver jobs

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a committee on minimum training requirements for those with driver jobs.
The negotiated rulemaking committee will examine minimum training requirements, including length of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel experience, accreditation versus certification of CDL training programs and schools, curricula for passenger, property and hazardous materials carriers, instructor qualifications, as well as other areas.

The agency is seeking comment from commercial driver and training organizations, truck and bus associations, motor carriers, state licensing and law enforcement agencies, labor unions, safety advocacy groups, insurance companies, and the public on recommendations for membership to a negotiated rulemaking committee on minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial drivers.

In August 2014, FMCSA announced by notice in the Federal Register that it had retained a neutral convener, and was exploring the possibility of proceeding with a negotiated rulemaking. The convener interviewed stakeholders and has recommended proceeding with a negotiated rulemaking.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) directs FMCSA to establish minimum training requirements for individuals seeking to obtain an intrastate or interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and become a professional truck or bus operator.

The agency seeks to ensure a wide range of candidates are considered to achieve a balanced committee. Persons who will be significantly affected and believe their interests will not be represented on the proposed committee are encouraged to nominate themselves or another person.

American Trucking Association names truck drivers for America’s Road Team

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

The American Trucking Association has selected a group of truck drivers to become a part of America’s Road Team.

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Truck driver shortage temporary, limited

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

According to a new industry analysis, the truck driver shortage isn’t as huge and all-encompassing as previously reported.

American Trucking Associations released an analysis of the shortage of truck drivers, concluding that the current shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector of the industry; but that long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation

FMCSA focuses on truck driver jobs during emergency situation

Monday, October 29th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall the FMCSA has issued a regional emergency warning for truck drivers.

The declaration was issued by Curtis L. Thomas, Regional Field Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Such emergency is in response to Hurricane Sandy and its possible effects on people and property, including an immediate threat to human life or public welfare in the Eastern United States.

The emergency exemption is issued as a result of extreme weather conditions, shortages, and interruptions in the availability and/or delivery and repair of services and property throughout the States affected in the Eastern Region to include the following: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. It is effective beginning October 29, 2012.

This declaration of emergency provides relief for commercial motor vehicles operations while providing these emergency materials and services to customers in the above mentioned states during the emergency. This exemption applies only to those operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not destined for the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier operation dispatches such driver or vehicle to another location to begin operations in furtherance of commerce.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the exemption until the order expires or they have met the conditions for its rescission. Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession.

Consistent with Title 49 CFR Part 390.23, the emergency notice will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in Title 49 CFR Part 390.5) or 15 days (11:59 P.M., EST, November 12, 2012) whichever is less.