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    Subject Term: "Passenger cars"

    1 publication with a total of 2 open recommendations
    Director: Fleming, Susan A
    Phone: (202)512-4431

    2 open recommendations
    Recommendation: In order to provide states with greater flexibility to pursue a range of strategies to address the various factors contributing to motorcycle crashes and fatalities, Congress should consider allowing states to use the Motorcyclist Safety Grants for purposes beyond motorcyclist training and raising motorist awareness of motorcycles.

    Agency: Congress
    Status: Open

    Comments: When GAO determines that Congress has taken action regarding this matter, GAO will provide updated information.
    Recommendation: To provide the states with information that could better enable them to effectively address the factors that contribute to motorcycle crashes and fatalities, NHTSA should (1) as part of its expected comprehensive plan for motorcycle safety, identify research priorities that address these factors as well as gaps in knowledge about the effectiveness of state strategies, particularly those that it has identified as a high priority or promising. (2) in addition to setting these research priorities, conduct research on the following strategies that it has identified as a high priority or promising: (a) encouraging motorcyclists to increase their conspicuity, and (b) implementing a graduated-licensing model for motorcyclists.

    Agency: Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Status: Open

    Comments: DOT concurred with our recommendation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) initially told us that it planned to focus its motorcycle research program on issues that offer the greatest potential for safety improvement and to use research priorities identified in its upcoming Motorcycle Safety Plan to guide future research investments. In February 2018, NHTSA informed us that it had completed a draft of this plan and that it expected it to be finalized in March 2018. NHTSA also informed us that it had awarded a contract on identifying barriers to conspicuity and that the study was underway. However, NHTSA has not been able to take action on evaluating a graduated licensing model for motorcycle licensing because no state has adopted a graduated licensing model.