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Louisiana

Effective date of original law:
July 6, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Louisiana Department of Education
655 North 5th Street, 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Day-to-Day Administration
Larry Ourso, Program Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Education
Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program
Division of School and Community Support
1201 N. 3rd, 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-342-3484
E-mail: LOurso@doe.state.la.us
Web site: www.doe.state.la.us

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle license fee ($5)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund motorcycle safety and awareness programs, operator training, and Instructor training and to purchase or lease equipment, training aids, devices, and related materials

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • The Department of Education may receive grants from the State Highway Safety Office for the Motorcycle Safety Program.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles waives the motorcycle endorsement riding exam for Department of Education graduates of the Motorcycle Safety Course.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: None
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Public Safety
  • Data available in electronic format: None
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 12
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge and Louisiana Department of Education

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 138
  • Students enrolled: 2100 (est.)
  • No-shows or registration refunds: 30–50 (est.)
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: 1–30 days
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $127,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $61.91
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $25
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $25
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: $55 trainer motorcycle

Curriculum

  • Approved curriculum: MRC:RSS
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curriculum approved by:
    Department of Education
  • Process to modify curriculum: None
  • Data collected for modifications: None
  • Validation process for modifications: None








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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification is required for all Instructors.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 20
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 12
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 83%
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are the Department of Education rules and regulations.
  • Department of Education is responsible for quality control.
  • Quality control implementation is constant.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • Program is evaluated by Department of Education master Instructor.
  • The evaluation is used for program improvement.

Licensing Requirements
Permit

  • State does not issue motorcycle instructional permits.

License

  • $8 fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

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

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: MSF
  • Skills test used: Local off-street

Incentives

  • Rider education waiver: Skills
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
    N/A
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: N/A
  • Registered motorcycles: N/A
  • 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