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Improving Commercial Vehicle Safety and Commercial Driver License (CDL) Compliance through University Partnerships

Working with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the overall goal of this two-year project is to improve commercial vehicle safety and Commercial Driver License (CDL) compliance. This will be accomplished through two strategies. The first strategy will be to document and share best practices of university partnerships with state law enforcement and driver licensing agencies to improve commercial vehicle safety and CDL compliance throughout the FMCSA Western Service Center region. The second strategy will be to establish a Technical Assistance Center at NDSU-UGPTI as a point of contact for universities, law enforcement, and driver licensing agencies seeking assistance to establish partnerships to improve commercial vehicle safety and CDL compliance.

The first strategy to document and share best practices will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Each state law enforcement and driver licensing agency in the FMCSA Western Service Center region will be contacted to determine if there is an existing partnership with a university (or universities) on one or more projects to improve commercial vehicle safety and/or CDL compliance. If so, this information will be documented. For the universities identified, each university will be contacted for further details and information regarding any other related projects.
  • A Commercial Vehicle Safety and CDL Compliance Summit will be organized and conducted November 28-29, 2018 on the University of Colorado campus in downtown Denver, Colorado to bring together state law enforcement, driver licensing agency, and university representatives from the FMCSA Western Service Center region. The Summit will be organized to share information regarding existing partnerships to improve commercial vehicle safety and/or CDL compliance; and to allow those states who do not currently have a partnership to learn more about establishing a partnership.

The second strategy to establish a Technical Assistance Center at NDSU-UGPTI will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • In the course of gathering information regarding existing partnerships between universities and enforcement and/or licensing agencies, details regarding the partnership will be documented. These details can then be shared with any other state agency or university interested in forming a partnership.
  • NDSU-UGPTI will continuously reach out to state agencies and universities to make them aware of the technical assistance available, the types of partnerships that can be formed, and the projects that can be conducted.

The time frame of this project is October 2017 through September 2019.

For more information about this project, please email Brenda Lantz brenda.lantz@ndsu.edu.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050
(701)231-7767ndsu.ugpti@ndsu.edu