ASSESSING THE ADEQUACY OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER TRAINING: FINAL REPORT. VOLUME I: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Public Law 102-240, mandates that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report to Congress on the effectiveness of private sector efforts to ensure adequate training of entry-level drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). The FHWA must initiate a rulemaking process to determine whether it is in the public interest to require the training of entry-level CMV drivers. The results of this project will be used by the FHWA Office of Motor Carriers as one input in the rulemaking process. This report describes the outcomes of surveys and other data collection activities conducted in the heavy truck, motorcoach and school bus sectors. The surveys included 164 industry representatives, 122 driver training programs (including fleet-operated programs) and 464 drivers. In addition, the report summarizes and analyzes the responses to the FHWA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) titled, "Training for All Entry-Level Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)". This ANPRM was published in the 21 June 1993 issue of the "Federal Register". A total of 96 letters, signed by 104 persons, were received in response to the ANPRM. The responses came from truck driving schools, truck fleet operators and their associations, truck drivers and concerned individuals, trucking union and services organizations, a motorcoach association, school bus fleet operators and an association, state governments, and others. Analysis, conclusions and recommendations are focused on five research areas considered important in support of FHWA's decisionmaking on the issue of mandated CMV driver training. These areas are: The existence/effectiveness of private sector programs, the magnitude of the accident problem, the effectiveness of training as a solution to the problem, the impact of mandating training, and the existence/effectiveness of other government programs. This report will be of interest to anyone concerned about the training of heavy truck, motorcoach and school bus drivers, and whether such training should be federally mandated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for U.S. Office of Personnel Management, P.O. Box 7559 (1206B), Washington, D.C. 20044. The report is contained in three volumes. Volume I is the Executive Summary, Volume II is a more detailed technical overview, and Volume III details the background, defining assumptions, methods, findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Applied Science Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 1072
    Butler, PA  United States  16003-1072

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Motor Carriers, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Dueker, R L
  • Publication Date: 1995-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720234
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASA Proj No. 5076-004, OPM Work Order 755-743
  • Contract Numbers: OPM-91-2955
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 19 1996 12:00AM