FMCSA starts driver pre-employment program
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today, May 11, began its Pre-Employment Screening Program, which allows carriers the option of accessing driver inspection and crash records before hiring.
The PSP provides up to five years of driver crash data and three years of inspection information. Program data is provided monthly by FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System, which is comprised of driver performance data including inspection and compliance review results, enforcement data, state-reported crashes and carrier census data.
William Quade, of the agency’s Enforcement and Program Delivery, described the PSP in a memorandum as “essentially the public access version of the Driver Information Resource that has been available to FMCSA division offices and state enforcement partners for several years.”
The agency has contracted the National Information Consortium Technologies, known as NIC Technologies, to provide data electronically to carriers with the drivers’ written consent. The carrier must enroll to participate in this optional program and driver records are protected under federal privacy laws.
Drivers may purchase their own Driver Information Resource record for $10 and are not charged a subscription fee. The system provides drivers opportunities to verify their data and correct discrepancies. Drivers may obtain their own information free from the FMCSA by submitting a Privacy Act request.
Carriers are charged $10 for each driver’s history and an annual subscription fee of $100. Carriers with fewer than 100 power units qualify for a discounted annual fee of $25 per year.
Companies may continue to obtain driver safety performance information by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to FMCSA at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/foia/foia.htm.
More information is available here.