SMSA Professional Development Workshop Welcome State Administrators The Development of Model Motorcycle Rider Training Program Administrative Standards
Introductions SMSA NHTSA Windwalker Corporation Highway Safety Services, LLC Technical Working Group
Workshop Agenda Project Objectives Project Overview Standards Working Group Process Overview of the Standards Breakout Sessions and Report Back Process for Submitting State Comments Future Steps
Project Objectives Presented By: Dr. Allen Robinson Highway Safety Services, LLC
Project Objective • To develop Model Motorcycle Rider Training Program Administrative Standards on the basis of current research, data and the input of a technical working group of subject-matter experts who currently serve as State motorcycle rider training program administrators, motorcycle rider training specialists, and other leaders in the administration of motorcycle rider training programs to ensure quality and consistency in rider training systems.
Role of the Windwalker Corporation and Highway Safety Services To facilitate an Expert Working Group to develop model administrative standards. Deliver model administrative standards to NHTSA.
Objective of the Professional Development Workshop To seek stakeholder input from the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) on the model Motorcycle Rider Training Program Administrative Standards.
Project Overview Presented By: John Brock Windwalker Corporation
Background • In 2011, Windwalker, Highway Safety Services, an Expert Working Group and the NHTSA contract management team finalized the Model National Standards for Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training (Content Standards). • The implementation of the National Standards alone is not sufficient to achieve the goal of a high-quality rider training program.
Background • A true performance-based education system also needs a complementary set of administrative standards for the program delivery. • Critical factors such as administrative control, authority, instructor qualifications and instructional settings need equal attention. • Delivery Standards establish criteria for how the program is conducted and delivered.
Project Overview • In 2011, NHTSA contracted with Windwalker and HSS for the development of rider education administrative standards as the next step in ensuring quality and consistency in rider training systems. • To assist in the development of the model administrative standards a Technical Working Group (TWG) was organized and convened.
Project Overview Existing state motorcycle rider training programs, delivery requirements and monitoring of programs were collected and analyzed. The topic headings from various state program requirements were listed. Based on the topic headings a list of common administrative topics was developed.
Project Overview A matrix was developed identifying the various program practices of State rider training programs. Descriptions were added from existing State program requirements under each common administrative heading.
Project Overview • The first draft was developed and presented at the first TWG meeting in Nov 2011. • The standards were reviewed and modified to confirm accuracy and completeness. • A webinar with the TWG was conducted to review draft standards and provide comments for the second meeting.
Project Overview A second meeting was conducted in March 2012. After the second meeting, a third draft was provided to NHTSA for review and approval. The fourth draft was distributed to the SMSA State Administrators in July 2012. Input sought from the SMSA State Administrators in August 2012.
Project Overview • A specific requirement of the contract is to provide stakeholders with a draft version of the standards for review and feedback. • This SMSA workshop is specifically required by the contract.
Standards Working Group Process Presented By: Brett Robinson Highway Safety Services, LLC
How the Working Group was Assembled The Technical Working Group (TWG) was assembled by NHTSA, Windwalker and HSS to assist in the development of the administrative motorcycle standards. The members are individuals who are currently serving as State motorcycle rider training program administrators, motorcycle rider training specialists, and other leaders in the administration of motorcycle rider training programs.
Expert Working Group Members Stacey “Ax” Axmaker, ID STAR Christy Cowser, HI DOT Glenn Davis, CO DOT Raymond Gaulin, CT DOT Robert Gladden, MSF Andrew Krajewski, SMSA and MD MVA Lorrie J. Laing, Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Ray Pierce, TEAM OREGON
Supporting Staff Windwalker John Brock Jennifer Richter Highway Safety Services Dr. Allen Robinson Brett Robinson Christie Falgione NHTSA Michael Jordon
Responsibilities of the Working Group Agree on administrative standards for motorcycle operators. Be flexible and feasible to implement. Ensure the standards are based on data analysis and research. Consider all motorcycle safety research.
Process of the Working Group Participated in two TWG meetings and one webinar. The TWG was charged with assisting in the development of the administrative standards and to assist with establishing a consensus among program administrators and specialists.
Introduction and Overview of the Standards Presented By: Christy M. Cowser Hawaii Department of Transportation and Technical Working Group Member
Purpose of the Administrative Standards • The Model Administrative Standards establish a minimum acceptable level of operation for State Rider Training Programs. • States are encourages to meet or exceed the minimum standards to improve and maintain the quality of their rider training program.
Benefits of the Standards • Allow programs greater flexibility in course development and delivery; and facilitate growth and improvement in their education system. • Establishing the baseline for rider training conducted in the United States allows jurisdictions to tailor their program to excel in producing better students and safer riders.
How Motorcycle Standards Will Assist Rider Training and Licensing • A completed list of standards for motorcycle rider education will assist: • Program developers to create a motorcycle safety course designed to reduce fatalities. • In evaluating current or future motorcycle education.
How Motorcycle Standards Will Assist Rider Training and Licensing, continued • A completed list of standards for motorcycle rider education will assist: • In creating uniformity between all rider education courses. • In developing: • End of course tests • State motorcycle rider licensing tests (knowledge, skills and in-traffic)
Breakdown of Standards Program Management Course Requirements Instructors/Instructor Trainers Evaluation
Program Management Presented By: Ray Pierce, TEAM OREGON Technical Working Group
State Program State Program Responsibilities The designated State authority charged with administering, regulating and managing the State Program. Program Management
State Program Collaboration with Driver Licensing Agency The jurisdiction’s driver licensing agency maintains authority over the license test waiver process. The State Program shall communicate, coordinate and collaborate with the driver licensing agency to ensure the integrity of the test waiver process. Program Management
Training Provider Training Provider Responsibilities The training provider manages motorcycle rider training courses under the direction of the State Program. Program Management
Course Requirements Presented By: Ray Gaulin, Connecticut DOT Technical Working Group
Course Requirements Instructor / Student Ratio The designated State authority shall establish criteria regarding Instructor to student ratios. Range The designated State authority shall establish requirements for range dimensions and conditions.
Course Requirements Training Motorcycles The designated State authority shall establish criteria regarding vehicles used for training.
Course Requirements Range Equipment The designated State authority shall establish requirements for personal protective equipment worn on rider training ranges and other equipment necessary for the safety conduct of rider training courses.
Course Requirements Protective Equipment All riders are required to wear the following protective equipment during range instruction: Helmet Eye protection Gloves A long-sleeved jacket or shirt • Long, non-flared pants • Boots or sturdy footwear
Course Requirements Safety Equipment All rider training ranges must have the following safety equipment in close proximity to the riding area during range instruction: Class A fire extinguisher First aid kit
Course Requirements Students Enrollment and Registration Requirements The designated State authority shall establish enrollment and registration requirements.
Course Requirements Students Course Completion The designated State authority shall establish a process for recognizing and documenting successful course completion.
Instructors / Instructor Trainers Presented By: Glenn Davis, Colorado DOT Technical Working Group
Instructors / Instructor Trainers Instructor Responsibilities The designated State authority shall establish duties and responsibilities for Instructors. Instructor Trainer Responsibilities The designated State authority shall establish duties and responsibilities for Instructor Trainers.
Instructors / Instructor Trainers Instructor Qualifications The designated State authority shall establish qualification criteria for Instructors. Instructor Trainer Qualifications The designated State authority shall establish qualification criteria for Instructor Trainers.
Instructors / Instructor Trainers Instructor Requalification The designated State authority shall establish requalification criteria for Instructors. Instructor Trainer Requalification The designated State authority shall establish requalification criteria for Instructor Trainers.
Evaluation Presented By: Stacey “Ax” Axmaker, Idaho STAR Technical Working Group
Evaluation Data Data Collection The State Program shall collect student and course data in electronic format. Data Storage Data storage and transfer should abide by applicable laws regarding privacy and security of personal information. Data Analysis The State Program shall collaborate with state agencies to collect, link and analyze data to determine contributing factors, trends, priorities and needs which may impact the rider training effort.
Evaluation Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Plan The State Program shall establish a quality assurance plan to promote continuous improvement. The plan shall be based on the objectives and standards established by the State Program.
Evaluation On-Site Reviews The State Program shall ensure each training location is subject to an on-site review at least once each year. Mobile Units – For training locations serviced by a mobile unit, each unit (not the individual locations served by the unit) shall be subject to this annual on-site review.
Evaluation On-Site Reviews On-Site Review Reporting – The State Program shall provide findings from the review to the Providers and Instructors in a timely manner and, as necessary, collaborate on a corrective action plan.
Process for Submitting State Comments Presented By: Brett Robinson Highway Safety Services, LLC