Driver Applicant Records
FMCSA said it will allow carriers to look at parts of the driving records of prospective employees, the first time fleets will be allowed such access. The Agency will launch its pre-employment screening program "by the end of the year."

Under the program, companies will be allowed to search driver inspection and crash records in December, provided drivers "give written consent for those records to be released." If a driver does not permit companies to access his driving records, it should be a red flag that perhaps you will ask if you really want this person driving for your company.

The establishment of this database could be a step toward the establishment of another database ATA and other industry groups have pushed for: a clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. FMCSA is working on developing what a data system would look like for capturing failed drug tests but the possible creation of such a system could be "months away."
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