6. Development and Evaluation of an Improved Motorcycle Licensing Program

In 1975-76 the Division of Field Office Operations and R&D began work on a large-scale federally funded evaluation of a motorcycle licensing program (Motorcycle Operator Skill Test, or MOST) consisting of a specially-developed written test, a range-skills test, and remedial skills training of test failures. The evaluation showed that both the testing and remedial training components were cost-effective methods of licensing motorcyclists. That is, the value of the added accident reduction achieved by the new program, compared to that associated with DMV's standard program, far exceeded the extra cost of the new program components. The accident reductions ranged from 14-21% and the annual net cost-saving from the program was estimated to be $3,000,000. Based on these results, the department decided to implement and evaluate a less costly version of the new motorcycle test (MOST II) in 27 field offices. The remedial training components of the MOST program were not implemented because of the cost outlay associated with constructing numerous training facilities. Unfortunately, the evaluation of MOST II failed to support adoption of the modified test program.