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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

During May 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – is celebrating a decade of the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) that has helped motor carriers hire drivers for 10 years, according to a news release from the FMCSA.

In response to a congressional mandate, the FMCSA launched the PSP on May 11, 2010, to provide motor carriers with instant access to driver safety data for use during the hiring process. Before the implementation of the PSP, driver safety data was only available through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

By offering access to a driver’s five-year crash and three-year roadside inspection history, the PSP informs hiring decisions that lead to improved commercial motor vehicle safety on America’s roadways. Industry participation in the PSP – a voluntary safety program – has grown to include more than 65% of motor carriers.

In accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), motor carriers and background screening companies are granted instant access to a driver’s safety history after obtaining the driver’s written authorization. Drivers may access their PSP records and providers who help motor carriers hire drivers may enroll in the program.

The FMCSA is responsible for PSP data and general oversight of NIC, the contractor handling daily operations, customer service, and technology development and maintenance. An FMCSA study showed that motor carriers experience an average reduction of 8% in crash rates and of 17% in inspection rates when using PSP.

The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the DOT on January 1, 2000, with a primary mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, and provide safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). To learn more about the FMCSA, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

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