NTTC Joins President Biden and Trucking Industry Leaders at White House
On April 4th, several prominent members and tank truck drivers of NTTC joined a White House event focused on the reinvigorating the workforce supporting the U.S. supply chain. In attendance were numerous NTTC leaders, as well as Joseph Britt, Jr., professional tank truck driver for Florida Rock & Tank Lines in Macon, Georgia. Joseph previously served in the United States Army from 2014 to 2021.
President Biden, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, the Honorable Patrick Murphy, and truck driver Maria Rodriguez emphasized the importance of American trucking during the White House event. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addressed the continued efforts on the Biden Administration's Trucking Action Plan, a multi-point plan to invigorate the trucking sector.
The Trucking Action Plan has included reducing barriers to drivers getting CDLs, a 90 day challenge to expand apprenticeships, and helping veterans transition into trucking jobs, among other initiatives. These efforts have proved successful, with CLD processing up 112% and more than 100 companies joining the apprenticeship challenge.
To continue the ongoing efforts addressing the workforce shortage in the tank truck industry, NTTC recently submitted a new tank truck occupation registered apprenticeship with the U.S. Department of Labor. The requested tank truck apprenticeship, development by NTTC’s Workforce Committee, targets the high-level practices required by a professional tank truck driver. The U.S. Department of Labor is currently vetting the tank truck apprenticeship program, where it will then seek approval from the industry.
“NTTC supports the efforts that the Biden Administration has undertaken to address the supply chain and workforce issues that the trucking industry faces, though we cannot rest.” said Ryan Streblow, NTTC President & CEO. “We have a long road ahead, we will continue to work with our partners at the Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, and this Administration on how vital the tank truck industry is to the U.S. supply chain, along with elevating and promoting the great careers and lifestyles the tank truck industry provides.