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Effective date of original law: August 8, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
University of Montevallo
Traffic Safety Center
Station 6740
Montevallo, AL 35115-6000
Phone: 205-665-6740

Day-to-Day Administration
Freddie Ford, Projects Manager
Alabama Traffic Safety Center
University of Montevallo
Station 6740
Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone: 205-665-6740
Fax: 205-665-6749
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • 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

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • 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
    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
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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 Evaluation

  • 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.

Licensing Requirements

  • 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.

Operator Licensing
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