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

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requires a motor carrier qualifying a new driver to obtain and review the motor vehicle record 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 that 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.


Effective January 30, 2015 when a driver renews a medical certification the motor carrier must obtain a new MVR for the state of licensure with the medical certification information on the MVR.


So how will a carrier verify that a driver is physically qualified? This is done by obtaining a copy of the driver's driving record and including it in the driver's qualification file. Do keep in mind that in addition to the current requirement that motor carriers obtain and review each driver's driving record once a year, motor carriers will also have to make sure the driver's record includes valid and current medical certificate/card information.

This means that every time a medical certificate/card is renewed and turned in to the driver licensing agency, the motor carrier will need to obtain a new driving record that reflects this current information and place it in the driver's qualification file.

The motor carrier will need to take timing into account when obtaining the new MVR that reflects the driver's current medical status. Once a driver turns in his/her medical certificate/card to the state licensing agency, the state has 10 days to enter this information into the driver's driving record. During this time period the motor carrier must keep a copy of the driver's medical certificate/card in the driver's qualification file. Regulations allow a motor carrier to maintain this copy of the certificate/card as proof of medical qualification for a maximum of 15 days from the date it was issued.


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.


If a Commercial Vehicle driver had the following violations...

the likelihood of the driver being in an accident is increased by:

Reckless Driving violation


Improper Turns Violation


Improper or Erratic Lane Change conviction


Failure to Yield Right of Way conviction


Improper Turn conviction


Failure to Keep in Proper Lane conviction


Improper Lane Change violation


Failure to Yield Right of Way violation


Driving Too Fast for Conditions conviction


Any conviction


Speeding More Than 15 Miles over Speed Limit conviction


Reckless / Careless / Inattentive / Negligent Driving conviction


Following too closely conviction


Improper Lane / Location conviction


Any moving violation


Following Too Close violation


Speeding violation


Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device violation




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


PSP was launched by the FMCSA at the about the same time CSA 2010 came on board and was overshadowed by the CSA program in the press.


PSP is 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.

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 drivers 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:




Results of CVSA's 2014 Operation Safe Driver Week Revealed


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released the results its 2014 Operation Safe Driver week that took place October 19-25. More than 4,000 law enforcement participated in the event at 1,549 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

According to CVSA, enforcement:

  • Performed 24,184 North American Standard Roadside Inspections;
  • Pulled over 59,080 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers; and
  • Participated in outreach events at a variety of locations.

The annual event produced a snapshot of how commercial drivers fare against non-regulated drivers in regards to violating traffic code.


Based on its enforcement data, CVSA found CMV drivers were issued warnings and tickets for speeding far less than the general public (i.e., non-CMV drivers). CMV operators, for example, were issued tickets and warnings at a rate of 5.8 percent versus 52.3 percent for non-regulated drivers.

The following is a comparison of the top five traffic citations/warnings issued to both types of drivers:


CMV drivers 

Non-CMV drivers





failure to use a safety belt

failure to use a safety belt


failure to obey traffic control devices

failure to obey a traffic control devices


improper lane change

possession/use/under the influence of alcohol


following too closely

improper lane change



The following is a comparison of 2014 and 2013 data:





CMV traffic enforcement contacts



Non-CMV traffic enforcement contacts



Roadside inspections



Percentage of warnings and citations
issued to CMV drivers for:




failing to obey traffic control devices



failure to use seat belts



Percentage of warnings and citations
issued to non-CMV drivers for:




alcohol possession/use/under the influence



failure to use seat belts





During the 2014 safety event, enforcement used the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) algorithm to target carriers for on-site interventions based on driver performance data. State and federal agencies performed 193 investigations with the following results:

  • 23 percent - Unsatisfactory Safety Ratings (versus 15 percent for all of FY2014);
  • 53 percent - Conditional Safety Ratings (versus 28 percent for FY2014); and 
  • 46 percent - enforcement actions (versus 33 percent for FY2014) 




February 13, 2015



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Are you driving with "Tunnel Vision" this winter?


Tunnel vision occurs when a driver scrapes off only a small area of ice and/or snow on their vehicle windshield to allow just enough space to see through a small hole as they drive. This practice significantly reduces a driver's field of vision and greatly increases their risk of collision. The Kansas Highway Patrol estimates that drivers who do not clear their entire windshield of ice, snow and fog limit their field of vision to only about 2 to 3 percent of what a driver with a clear windshield can see.

In a recent survey conducted by the Center for Safe Driving found that more than 50 percent of drivers admitted to not fully clearing snow or ice from the windows of their vehicles. As a countermeasure, many states have enacted laws requiring drivers to make reasonable efforts to remove snow or ice from their vehicles, and numerous law enforcement personnel across the country are planning to target drivers who do not clear their windshields this winter.  As part of your pre-trip inspection you should make sure that the windshield, side windows and mirrors are clear of any snow, ice or fog before starting your route or trip.  


Another dangerous situation that exists is chunks of snow or ice flying off the top of your vehicle and landing on other vehicles behind you. These chunks can be quite heavy and become dangerous projectiles that can cause crashes, injuries, and deaths.  If heavy snow is forecasted it is recommended that you pull your unit away from the dock or terminal building so a drift of snow does not build up from the roof of the building to the top of your trailer or truck.  As a professional driver, it is important to recognize this unsafe act in other drivers and be prepared to avoid a collision and stay out of their way.




Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars!


Idealease, its members and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.  The seminars and will be provided to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge.  The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals.

To register for an upcoming seminar in 2015 CLICK HERE




2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:


March 4

Portland, OR

March 5

Seattle, WA

March 17

Chattanooga, TN

 March 18

Atlanta, GA

March 19

Nashville, TN

March 24

Houston, TX

March 25

Lafayette, LA

March 26

Mobile, AL

March 31

Kansas City, MO

April 1

St. Louis, MO

April 2

Memphis, TN

April 7

Cincinnati, OH

April 8

Columbus, OH

April 9

Elkhart, IN

April 14

Linden, NJ

April 14

Phoenix, AZ

April 15

San Leandro, CA

April 16

Lodi, CA

April 21

Santa Fe Springs, CA

April 21

Harrisburg, PA

April 22

Ventura, CA

April 22

Landover, MD

April 23

Baltimore, MD

April 28

Oklahoma City, OK

April 30

Milwaukee, WI

May 5

Kelowna, BC

May 6

Lexington, KY

May 7

Denver, CO

May 12

Tampa, FL

May 12

Detroit, MI

May 14

Minneapolis, MN

May 20

Altoona, IA

June 25

Santa Rosa, CA

October 14

Grand Rapids, MI

October 20

Las Vegas, NV

October 22

San Martin, CA





The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.



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