Survey of Motorcoach Company Practices: Driver Recruitment, Training, and Compensation; Vehicle Selection and Maintenance; and Operational Considerations

The goal of this project is to collect information on the methods of compensation for motorcoach drivers and drivers’ associated safety performance. The primary goal of the study is to determine if there is a relationship between payment methods and safe driving performance. In addition, the study may be able to identify the method of compensation that has the lowest crash rate and fewer unsafe driver behaviors, leading to fewer fatalities and injuries. In collaboration with other interested organizations, FMCSA will work to assess the safety implications of different methods and amounts of compensation for motorcoach drivers. The study will collect feedback from stakeholders to seek information on the possible safety advantages and disadvantages of different compensation packages. The survey instrument will be designed using statistically-sound scientific techniques. This survey is intended to be a large-scale data collection effort and will require approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The data will be used to characterize industry practices with respect to driver compensation and to determine the effect on safety. Motorcoach drivers working for charter, tour, regular route, or commuter express operations will be the focus of the study. These data will be used to demonstrate possible relationships of variables and to determine if the variables may contribute to unintended safety consequences, such as driver and vehicle out-of-service rates and crash rates.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $498,930
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Michel, Nicole

    • Performing Organizations:

      Maineway Services

      10 Tamarack Drive
      Fryeburg, ME  United States  04037
    • Start Date: 20151000
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180928
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01592628
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 3 2016 9:34AM