By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer
Citing safety as its highest priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) which allows commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process.
According to a DOT news release, the Pre-Employment Screening Program â€œsends a strong message to commercial carriers and driversâ€ that the government agency â€œis serious about having the safest drivers behind the wheel of large trucks and buses.â€ Commercial carriers now have â€œan essential tool for making informed hiring decisions that will lead to safer drivers on our roads,” FMCSA officials say, and the PSP â€œraises the safety bar for the motor carrier industry and helps to make our roads safer for everyone.â€
To better assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees, each Driver Information Resource (DIR) record contains the most recent five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data â€“ regardless of the state or jurisdiction. Drivers also have opportunities to verify their driving history data and correct any discrepancies. In addition, a driver’s records will be protected in accordance with federal privacy laws.
According to the Pre-Employment Screening Program page on the DOT website, the PSP helps motor carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing electronic access to a driverâ€™s crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) which is comprised of driver performance data including:
- Inspection and compliance review results;
- Enforcement data;
- State-reported crashes, and;
- Motor carrier census data.