|Effective date of original law: August 8, 1987
Ultimate Program Responsibility
University of Montevallo
Traffic Safety Center
Montevallo, AL 35115-6000
Freddie Ford, Projects Manager
Alabama Traffic Safety Center
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115
Web site: www.montevallo.edu/atsc
- Source of funding: 10% collected from fine assessed on traffic infraction convictions
- Stipulated use of funds: To conduct programs in traffic safety,
motorcycle safety, and boating safety
Relationship Among Various Programs
- Commercial schools and community colleges report monthly to the Motor Vehicle Division.
Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data
- Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Alabama Traffic Safety Center
- Agency responsible for collecting licensing data: Department of Public Safety
- Data available in electronic format: Some data available from the Department of Public Safety
- Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None
- Months of instruction: March through June and September through December
- Number of instruction sites: 5
- Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, military, and mobile training sites
Operations and Participant Characteristics
- Courses offered: 74
- Students enrolled: 838
- No-shows or registration
- Time until course reaches
capacity: Varies by site
- Average waiting period to
take course: 1–2 weeks
- Students on waiting list: N/A
Program Funding and Expenditures
- Annual budget: $85,000
- Source of Federal funds: None
- Average cost to State to educate rider: $101.43
- Course tuition charged to novice rider: $175 in-State, $200 out-of-State
- Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $75 in-State, $110 out-of-State
- Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A
- Approved curricula: MCR:RSS, BRC, and ERC
- Advisory committee: Program administrator appoints members to 1-year terms.
- Curricula approved by: Alabama Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator
- Process to modify curricula: 1) RiderCoaches send request to State coordinator, 2) coordinator meets with other State Chief Instructor/RiderCoach Trainer to discuss, 3) decision is made whether to further evaluate modification that is recommended,
4) if approved, modification is evaluated over several courses by chiefs/trainers, 5) if modification is to be incorporated, coordinator notifies MSF of such, 6) States’ RiderCoaches are notified of modification, with details attached
- Data collected for modifications: 1) Written request from RiderCoach; 2) written comments on modification when evaluated during several courses, especially any impact modification has on student progress or safety and course flow; 3) final written evaluation, which is used in informing MSF of modification
- Validation process for modifications: See above
Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation
- State certification of Instructors is not required.
- Prospective Instructors are trained by Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers and RiderCoaches.
- Prospective Instructors must successfully complete a two-course probationary period.
- Evaluation process includes student and peer evaluations. Chief Instructor/RiderCoach Trainer evaluations include observation for a minimum of one course, and Instructors/RiderCoaches are sent a written notice following a negative evaluation.
- Annual updates are required for Instructors.
- State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
Profile of Instructors
- Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 24–26
- Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
- Instructor candidates in 2001: 48
- Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 94%
- Instructor demographics: 88% male, 12% female
- Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes
Quality Control Procedures
- Quality control measures include checks and balances mentioned in the evaluation process.
- Alabama Traffic Safety Center and Alabama Motorcycle Safety Program are responsible for quality control.
- Quality control implementation is ongoing.
- Program conducts regular evaluation.
- Evaluation process uses input from center staff, RiderCoaches, RiderCoach trainers, students, off-campus site administrators, and public who contact the center.
- The information gathered from the evaluation is used to make changes to program as is economically feasible.
- State does not issue motorcycle instructional permits.
- $5 test fee and $23 license fee
- Rider must be 14 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
- Motorcycle endorsements must be renewed every 4 years.
Testing and Training Responsibilities
- Testing agency: Department of Public Safety
- Third-party testing: None
- Agency responsible for training examiners:
Department of Public Safety
Knowledge and Skills Tests Used
- Knowledge test used: Local
- Skills test used: None
- Rider education waiver: None
- Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: None
- Reciprocal license waiver: Yes
Operator and Vehicle Characteristics
- Motorcycle operators licensed: N/A
- Registered motorcycles: 50,040
- New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in
- Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
- Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
- Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A
Motorcyclist Licensing System
- Graduated licensing: Yes
- Tiered licensing: None
Public Information and Education
- Operator’s manual used: Local
- Annual budget for public information and