The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the findings of its research on the relationship between entry-level driver training and safety outcomes. The research (available online at: 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.

On May 15, 2008 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is hosting an audio conference to enable fleets to learn more about the study and ask questions about what it means for them. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about a Speed and Truck Safety study that includes new data and findings on the use of speed limiters, speed differentials and posted speed limits.

Speakers for the May 15 audio conference will include: Rebecca Brewster, president & COO of ATRI and Dan Murray, vp of research for ATRI. According to TCA, the conference should be of particular interest to CEOs, safety directors, controllers, operations, insurance companies and truck-driver training schools. More information and an online registration form are available at:

“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 served as a member of the study’s Technical Advisory Committee.