ATRI Releases Groundbreaking Study Analyzing New Entrant Driver Training

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Contact:  Rebecca Brewster

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May 7, 2008


Arlington, VAThe American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its research on the relationship between entry-level driver training and safety outcomes.  ATRI’s study is among the first ever to examine the overall duration of new entrant driver training, the instructional environment and curriculum topic areas covered, and the relative safety impact of each on new entrant driver safety performance.

ATRI’s research critically examined the statistical relationship between training regimens and safety performance for over 16,500 new commercial drivers, a sample representing nearly 30% of the annual new entrant population.  Among the findings is the absence of a significant impact of total training duration on new entrant driver safety performance.

“As a fleet, we have long believed that the litmus test for commercial driver training should be performance-based and not a derivative of hours spent in training; this research bears out our hypothesis,” said Chad England, Vice President, Recruiting, Training and Safe Driving for Utah-based
C.R. England.

“This study provides a critical benchmark for carriers and driver training schools alike,” commented Michael O’Connell, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.  O’Connell and England both served as members of the study’s Technical Advisory Committee who, along with others from training institutions, motor carriers and driver groups, provided oversight to ATRI on the research methodology.

The driver training report is available on ATRI’s website at

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.


You can download the study by clicking on this link.