FMCSA opens driver screening website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday, Feb. 24, opened a website where carriers can register to access a safety database that will be set up for screening applicants for driving jobs.
Although data probably won’t be available for a couple of months, carriers and third-party driver service providers can register for the Pre-Employment Screening Program FMCSA is developing at
The program will give carriers access to five years of an applicant’s accident history and three years of inspection history, with the driver’s permission. The data will come from the Motor Carrier Management Information System and include the same information used by agency staff and state police for enforcement. Drivers also will have access to the information, and can include the report as part of their application.

There is a $10 fee for each driver’s history a carrier requests. An annual subscription fee of $100 also will apply. Carriers with fewer than 100 power units will qualify for a discounted annual fee of $25 per year. Individuals will be able to request a personal driving history for $10. No subscription is necessary for individual drivers.

FMCSA says the system will adhere to all federal security and privacy requirements to ensure the privacy and security of drivers’ personal information.

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