CDL Skills Test Modernization Pilot Testing

07 May 2019

Last week the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Test Maintenance Subcommittee, IDEC Board members and jurisdiction volunteers gathered at the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety (NH DPS) to implement phase two of the CDL Skills Test System Modernization initiative. Hosted by the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (NH DMV), jurisdiction CDL experts conducted over 60 pre-trip and on-course skills tests with a wide range of commercial drivers and applicants to assess the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the proposed new test models. AAMVA would like to thank NH DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki, NH Driver License Bureau Administrator Jeff Oberdank and the NH DPS team who hosted this successful week of assessment. Pictured left, AAMVA's Test Maintenance Subcommittee, International Driver Examiner Certification Board and representatives of NH DPS, all of whom carried out pilot testing for 3 days in Concord, NH. 

AAMVA's Test Maintenance Subcommittee (TMS) is developing and testing potential revisions of the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Test System. Their work is supported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and is focused on how the test may be modernized to maintain safety standards for entry-level drivers while keeping pace with vehicle technology that has dramatically changed since the current test system was released in 2005. The TMS and AAMVA will continue to seek feedback from various partners in evaluating the testing system. The team most recently met with a representative group of industry stakeholders to discuss the initiative and gain feedback. This test modernization effort is designed to ensure that CDL testing continually evolves to reflect changes in technologies, industry practices, jurisdictional needs, and driver competencies. The potential revisions may also help address efficiency concerns in test administration while ensuring test validity and reliability.

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