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Wendy Parker

It finally happened

| June 11, 2014


Who’s keeping score: PSP is driver-info ‘gold standard’

FMCSA's Pre-employment Screening Program is the only place to find full driver-specific detail of the information contained in the Motor Carrier Management Information System database ...

Here’s the unlucky part. Safety says one point will be levied for their CSA because a vehicle had to be towed from the scene. OOIDA told us to wait a couple weeks and pull a PSP (Pre-Employment Screening Program) report, just to make sure nothing crazy is on it. We’ve heard horror stories of no-fault accidents ending up with associated violations after the post-crash inspection and untold points assigned to the driver’s carrier, those violations then showing up on driver PSP reports. That’s just crazy. 

Who is to challenge the authority of the North Carolina State Patrol if one of their officers investigates the scene of an accident and determines there is no fault with the commercial driver? Who has the authority to overstep those bounds, and why? Sure as shit if it had been George’s fault, the word of the law would be steadfast bible verse that no one would question.


Watch those post-crash-inspection violations

They shouldn't be assigned severity weights to contribute to a carrier's ranking in any CSA BASIC if the violation was a result of the crash.

Once again, I’m extremely thankful no one was hurt. Neither one of us is happy about the accident being reported as just an accident, with no indication on official record that it wasn’t his fault. It kind of sucks for him to not have his perfect record anymore; it’s something he’s always been conscientious about. I keep telling him only one wreck in driving (all kinds of vehicles) for 29 years is a damn fine run. He doesn’t care much, but he’s still pretty grumpy about it.

Sometimes, trucking is hard.

  • quickphil

    Things happen no matter what you do ! Be sure to check landstars safety dept report after a few months too ! As you can never be to careful on these kind of things

  • cw

    But he didn’t have a accident ….the other party did

  • David Jesse

    It might go on his psp for a recordable accident , it was a tow away , did George get a drug and alcohol test ? Should request one anytime there is a accident . Keep copies of everything including pictures ,it might come back latter , been there . He will have a dot recordable on his record for 5 years .

  • joe bielucki

    I like your thinking on being thankful instead of being angry. I had a fatal accident at 22 years of driving wasn’t my fault and my insurance dropped me! Dot audit, truck impounded etc. I’m still here in business, it sucks when it happens but you have to think of the odds vs miles overall, 29 years is great, good job George! You just can’t prevent these things sometime.

  • Richard Wilson

    This is the very problem with the Accident portion of CSA! No fault just based on the Criteria for a Recordable accident, Perfect example how this is an unfair Status of a driver or Company really does not reflect the true accountability of the carrier or driver, it justs gives the FMCSA more data to use for thier benefit, and not for Safety. Again CSA and recordable accidents= Enforcement not safety!

  • Richard Wilson

    It will unfortunately go as a recordable, If he is not charged he doesn’t need to post accident test!

  • ironage

    For the record….in North Carolina, the State Patrol and DMV Enforcement are one and the same.

  • JJMcClure

    Screw Landstar….this is why people should have their own authority. A guy hits you and you have to jump through hoops…claim an injury and take the summer off. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.