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Commercial Driver Training Survey


To examine the relationship between amounts (i.e., training hours) and types (performance versus hours) of entry-level commercial driver’s license (CDL) training programs and measurable safety performance outcomes.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is examining the effectiveness of entry-level CDL driver training programs. Research shows that training has a positive effect on driver performance and safety; however, there are no data linking decreased crash rates and other indirect safety performance outcomes with application of formal training programs.

There is no database on the type or amount of training received by entry-level CDL drivers. Thus, FMCSA will collect data on CDL freight drivers who obtained their first CDL within the past 3 years. FMCSA will also collect data on first-time bus/motorcoach drivers in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) who began operating in the last 3 years. The initial goal is to better understand the amount/type of training they received.


FMCSA will submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. This includes specifications for sample size of drivers. The most recent year’s list of drivers will be obtained from MCMIS. The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) index will determine freight drivers who obtained their CDL in the last 3 years. A systematic sample will be drawn from those freight drivers. For bus/motorcoach drivers who began operating in the last 3 years, a census will be conducted. CDLIS driver history records from the States will provide mailing contact information to invite the sample of CDL drivers to participate.


Details of the survey, analyses to be performed, and final reports will be published in the 60- and 30-day notice dockets as supporting documentation. The analysis plan includes production of 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.


September 2012     Revised draft of OMB supporting statement
October 2012         Revised draft of survey instrument
February 2015        ICR package sent to OMB
May 2015              OMB approval
October 2015         Final draft report of Driver Training Survey
December 2015       Final report of Driver Training Survey


ICR for the Driver Training Survey currently under Agency review.


FY 2011     $380,000     FMCSA Research and Technology


John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015
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