Overview of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safety Training Research for New Entrant Motor Carriers

New entrant motor carriers generally are very small and have poorer safety performance than more established carriers. This may be because very small carriers do not have the resources for a safety department or a safety official on staff. To help address this, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) amended the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) of 1999 new entrant requirements to mandate a proficiency examination and other requirements as necessary to ensure new entrant applicants understand the safety regulations before issuing the applicant an interstate U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiated two new entrant training and testing research demonstration projects. This report contains details of the analysis of safety performance results from both the first training curriculum, conducted in 2005–06, and the second conducted in 2010–12. It also contains a discussion of diffusion theory that explains why the results are what they are, and a description of what the blended third-generation curriculum will be. The third-generation blended curriculum will be more cost-effective, less instructor-intensive, and per the theory and in coordination with the required mandate, dramatically foster adoption of a safety culture among a larger percentage of new entrants. This analysis explains why a blended curriculum that incorporates e-learning and testing is predicted to be superior, and how it could be used to meet the requirements specified by MAP-21.

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    SAGE Corporation

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    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Goettee, David
    • Spiegel, Walter
    • Tarr, Ronald
    • Campanian, Carmella
    • Grill, Lew
  • Publication Date: 2015-7


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 232p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01575237
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FMCSA-RRR-13-015
  • Contract Numbers: DTMC 75-09-H-00009
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2015 9:53AM