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Connecticut

Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1982

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Division of Highway Safety
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Web site: www.dot.state.ct.us/hwysafety/

Day-to-Day Administration
Raymond C. Gaulin, Jr.
Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP)
Connecticut DOT—Division of Highway Safety
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Phone: 860-594-2369
Fax: 860-594-2374
E-mail: raymond.gaulin@po.state.ct.us
Web site: www.dot.state.ct.us/hwysafety/rider2.htm

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: $4 biennial motorcycle registration fee
  • Stipulated use of funds: To support motorcycle rider education formerly funded under 23 USC 402.

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Rider education and licensing programs are under the same administrative unit (Department of Transportation).

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: CONREP training sites report course data to the
    Division of Highway Safety.
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data: Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Data available in electronic format: Training, yes—
    Licensing, none
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through November
  • Number of instruction sites: 11
  • Types of providers: Community colleges and vocational technical schools

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Number of courses offered: 290
  • Number of students enrolled: 3,281
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: N/A
  • Number of students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $130,000
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $42.06
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $150
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $50
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A

Curriculum

  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    State Coordinator
  • Process to modify curricula:
    State Coordinator review
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A


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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for all Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • No probation or internship requirements exist.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course.
  • Annual mandatory Instructor updates are required.
  • Instructors are monitored and evaluated as needed throughout the year.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 102
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 5
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 19
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 32%
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: No

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are in place to standardize training.
  • The Department of Transportation’s Connecticut Rider Education Program is responsible for
    quality control.
  • Quality control is implemented on an as-needed basis.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts evaluations on an as-needed basis.

Licensing Requirements
Permit

  • $5 initial fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of State law exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 90 days
  • One renewal permitted

License

  • $36 initial testing fee
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 18 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsements must be renewed every 4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Motor Vehicles

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: MSF
  • Skills test used: Alternate MOST

Incentives

  • Rider education waiver: Skills
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
    None
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 139,754
  • Registered motorcycles: 59,077
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • 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: None
  • Tiered licensing: None

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: N/A