How to Manage Driver Risk With Ongoing MVR Monitoring

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Are you concerned about your drivers operating equipment with a suspended or revoked driver’s license?

Relying on drivers to provide violation notifications or waiting until annual motor vehicle record (MVR) reviews to learn about a recent citation or license revocation may be detrimental to your business and reputation. Your ability to quickly identify new citations, unlicensed and high-risk drivers each month can be an effective tool to help reduce fines and accidents — and the costs of potential litigation, settlements or judgments.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 19% of motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers with invalid licenses.

Are You Operating Under the DOT Radar?

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What’s the definition of a commercial motor vehicle according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?

You may be surprised to learn that private or for-hire vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 or more are considered a commercial motor vehicle for purposes of most of the Department of Transportation (DOT) safety regulations under FMCSA §382.107.

While a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and drug and alcohol testing is not required to operate this size of vehicle, companies are required to obtain a DOT number.

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Using Insurance MVRs for Hiring Purposes – A Risky Practice

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When hiring commercial drivers, motor carriers will routinely contact their insurance agent to have drivers added to their business insurance policy. The agency will then run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) to determine if the driver meets the underwriting guidelines of the policy. In some instances, insurance agencies provide the MVRs they ordered to their […]