The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is launching a pre-employment screening program for driver positions that will allow commercial motor carriers to electronically access applicants’ driver inspection and crash histories.
The program, which is intended to allow employers to assess safety risks of potential driver-employees, will begin in December, according to the FMCSA. Drivers will have the ability to verify their driving history and correct any discrepancies.
The information available to employers will include roadside inspection history, compliance review results, enforcement data, state-reported crashes, and motor carrier census data.
Drivers first must give written consent to have the records released.
“Increasing transparency by allowing greater access to driver safety records will greatly improve the hiring of safe commercial vehicle drivers and help raise the safety bar for professional truck drivers,” said Dave Osiecki, vice president of safety, security and operations with Washington-based American Trucking Association, in a statement.