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Driver Record Review
How often is a motor carrier required to review the motor vehicle record of a driver that operates a commercial motor vehicle?

 

Answer:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requires a motor carrier qualifying a new driver to obtain and review the motor vehicle record (MVR) of the driver within 30 days of the date of hire CFR 391.23. As a better business practice, it is recommended that the Motor Vehicle Record be obtained and reviewed prior to making an offer of employment to the driver applicant. 

 

After the driver is qualified, the regulations require that at least once every 12 months the motor carrier make an inquiry into the driving record of each driver it employs, covering at least the preceding 12 months, to the appropriate agency of every State in which the driver held a commercial motor vehicle operator's license or permit during the time period CFR 391.25. The original motor vehicle record that was used to qualify the driver shall be retained for the duration of employment and 3 years after termination. The motor vehicle records obtained annually after hire can be purged from the files 3 years after the date of issuance. 

 

So those are the regulations regarding MVR's...

 

As a "Best Practice" and to be proactive in monitoring violations, a motor carrier should do the following:

  • Have a company policy that requires drivers to report all violations including violations incurred in their personal vehicles immediately to the company. Keep in mind that the FMCSA regulations addressing driver disqualification include certain violations that occur in any motor vehicle. CFR 383.51
  • Review the Moving Violations section of your CSA report under the Driver Fitness tab. This will allow you to see all violation convictions that have occurred in CMV's with your US DOT number in the past 24 months. Compare these violations to those reported by your drivers and the MVR's on file. Any discrepancy should be reviewed with the driver.
  • Consider running MVR's more often than once every 12 months as required by regulation.

Are you using the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)?

 

PSP was designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual operators' crash and serious safety violation history as a pre-employment condition. A carrier will pay $10 for each requested driver history. An annual subscription fee of $100 also applies. Carriers with fewer than 100 power units qualify for a discounted annual fee of $25 per year.

 

Individuals can request a personal driving history for a fee of $10. No subscription is necessary for individual drivers because the program is voluntary. It is not part of CSA. Motor carriers may request, through a third party provider, NIC Technologies, driver information for the purpose of pre-employment screening. The driver must provide written consent. Individual dri

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may request their own driver information record at any time. The information will be retrieved from the Motor Carrier 

Management Information System (MCMIS). MCMIS electronic profiles will contain 5 years of crash data and 3 years of inspection data, however, MCMIS will not include conviction data.

 

 

 

To enroll in the PSP go to: www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov

 

 


July 26th, 2013

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones 

 

(1.) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

(Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.)

 

(2.) SLOW DOWN and TURN ON YOUR FOUR WAY FLASHERS.

(Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.)

 

(3.) DON'T TAILGATE! KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.

(The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision. So, don't tailgate.) 

(4.) KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR VEHICLE AND THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THEIR EQUIPMENT.

 

(5.) PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS!

(The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you've left the work zone.)

 

(6.) OBEY ROAD CREW FLAGGERS!

(The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.)

(7.) STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS!

(Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.)

 

(8.) KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW. 

(Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try to barge in.)

 

(9.) SCHEDULE ENOUGH TIME TO DRIVE SAFELY AND CHECK RADIO, TV AND WEBSITES FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION. 

(Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.)

 

(10.) BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM.

(Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.)

 

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:  

Sept. 15-21, 2013

 

Make plans now to recognize your drivers!

 

CVSA Brake Safety Week:

Sept. 8-14, 2013
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