REQUIREMENTS ANALYSIS FOR A HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEM
The project addressed the licensing requirements for drivers of heavy trucks and the feasibility of federal licensing of these drivers. Data analyses indicate that heavy trucks pose a problem, but many of the key questions cannot be adequately answered on the basis of available data. Although the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety (BMCS) and state regulatory authorities have responsibility for the qualification and monitoring of many of the drivers of concern, in actual practice they are unable to insure that all drivers are qualified. This situation underscores the need for an effective licensing and monitoring system. Licensing recommendations cover verifications of driver identity; medical requirements; vision, knowledge, and skills testing; and an interstate identification file that is checked whenever license is first issued in any state. It is recommended that existing state programs in licensing, records, and enforcement be used in establishing an effective licensing program. Federal standards with enforceable sanctions will probably be necessary to encourage states to upgrade their programs. However, a cooperative state program should be far more effective and less costly than a federal licensing program.
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHighway Safety Research Center
Chapel Hill, NC United States 27599
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Waller, P F
- Li, L K
- Publication Date: 1980-9
- Pagination: 240 p.
- TRT Terms: Cooperation; Driver licenses; Driver licensing; Drivers; Federal government; Heavy vehicles; Highway transportation; Measures of effectiveness; Records management; Specifications; Standards; State government; Truck drivers; Trucks
- Uncontrolled Terms: Effectiveness; Records; Requirement
- Geographic Terms: United States
- Subject Areas: Finance; Highways; Motor Carriers; Safety and Human Factors; I81: Accident Statistics;
- Accession Number: 00328864
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-805-588 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01807
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM