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Commercial Driver Training Survey

Goal

To examine the relationship between the amount(s) (i.e., training hours) and type(s) of entry-level commercial driver's license (CDL) training programs and measurable safety outcomes.

Background

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is examining the effectiveness of entry-level CDL driver training programs. The FMCSA-sponsored report entitled, "Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Report 13: Effectiveness of Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Training Curricula and Delivery Methods" concluded that, other than a general belief that training has a positive effect on driver performance and safety, there are no general data linking decreased crash rates and improved safety outcomes with application of formal training programs.

There is no database on the type of training received by entry-level CDL drivers. Thus, FMCSA will collect data from CDL drivers who obtained their first CDL within the past 5 years to better understand the amount(s) and type(s) of training they received, and relate it to their safety performance.

Summary

The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe) is working with FMCSA to develop the driver training survey. Volpe will solicit comments from a peer review team as to appropriateness of survey elements and methodology for reaching target population to maximize responses and reduce bias.

Volpe will assist FMCSA with preparation of all documentation needed to obtain necessary approvals for this survey. Volpe will provide FMCSA with specifications for the sample size of drivers to be surveyed and any stratification that may be advantageous. FMCSA will obtain and provide Volpe with the contact information for the sample of CDL drivers.

Outcomes

Volpe will collect and enter all survey responses and submit to FMCSA a summary report, including a discussion of the survey methodology, summary of survey results, levels of survey response, efforts to maximize the response rate, and any form of sampling or response bias in the results. Volpe may be requested to assist FMCSA with some of the planned statistical analyses and the development of a draft final report.

Milestones

September 2012Revised draft of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) supporting statement 
 Revised draft of survey instrument
October 2012Resend plan
September 2013OMB package
October 2013Draft report of Driver Training Survey
July 2014Final report of Driver Training Survey
September 2014 

Project Status

Interagency Agreement (IAA) executed with Volpe on September 28, 2011.

Funding

FY 2011 - $380,000

Contractor

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014