ERIC Number: ED313543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Truck Safety. Information on Driver Training. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.
The General Accounting Office examined the types of training available for tractor-trailer drivers, focusing on the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) efforts to establish minimum federal standards for training tractor-trailer drivers, the driver training curriculum offered by various private and public schools, and the trucking industry's efforts to improve the quality of driver training. Currently, there are no federal or state requirements that tractor-trailer drivers receive formal training as a condition for licensing and no minimum federal standards governing any training that may be provided, despite the fact that driver error continues to be cited as the major cause of truck accidents. FHWA did not develop proposed minimum standards for training programs until 1984 and a model curriculum for training tractor-trailer drivers until 1985. Since 1984, three governmental organizations have recommended that FHWA complete its proposed minimum training standards, but it currently has no plans to do so. The review of tractor trailer driver training programs offered by 24 private training schools and 12 public education institutions showed a wide variance in the course curricula, hours of training, and costs. The number of training hours ranged from 150 to 610. The trucking industry has recently tried to improve truck driver training by establishing a program to certify truck driver training programs, the first eight of which were certified in January 1989. The FHWA needs to reconsider whether tractor-trailer drivers should receive formal training as a condition for licensing and whether there should be any minimum federal standards for such training. (CML)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Certification, Driver Education, Federal Regulation, Motor Vehicles, Occupational Tests, Standards, State Licensing Boards, Traffic Accidents, Traffic Safety
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Resources, Community, and Economic Development Div.