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Do Owner-Operators Pose a Safety Risk on the Nation's Highways?
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review (2013)
  • David E. Cantor, Iowa State University
  • Heidi P. Celebi, Georgia Southern University
  • Thomas M. Corsi, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Curtis M. Grimm, University of Maryland - College Park
Abstract
Despite persistent claims in the motor carrier industry of poorer safety performance of owner–operators, there is little empirical work directly comparing owner–operator safety performance to that of employee drivers. This study assesses the statistical significance of differences in the safety performance between owner–operators and employee drivers. This study also expands on previous driver focused safety models by examining how driver and carrier characteristics affect safety performance. Data for this study were derived from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), and the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) databases. Study results provide evidence that owner–operators are associated with more driver- and vehicle-out-of-service violations but experience lower crash rates than do employee drivers.
Keywords
  • Owner-operator,
  • Safety performance,
  • Motor carrier,
  • Safety violations,
  • Crash rates,
  • Driver focused model,
  • Motor carrier safety
Disciplines
Publication Date
November, 2013
DOI
10.1016/j.tre.2013.08.002
Citation Information
David E. Cantor, Heidi P. Celebi, Thomas M. Corsi and Curtis M. Grimm. "Do Owner-Operators Pose a Safety Risk on the Nation's Highways?" Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review Vol. 59 (2013) p. 34 - 47 ISSN: 1366-5545
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/heidi_p_celebi/2/