FMCSA to Study Correlation between Preventable Accidents and Future Crash Risk

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In response to transportation industry stakeholders requesting the consideration of accident accountability into Safety Measurement System (SMS) scoring, and in a continuing effort to improve, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it will conduct a 12 month long study into “crash weighting.” Currently, the Crash Indicator in the SMS includes all […]

NHTSA Report Reveals Accident Data Involving Large Trucks

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A recently released report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals the importance for transportation companies to maintain an effective and compliant employment screening program. The 2010 Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks report reveals that large trucks were involved in 276,000 accidents in 2010, resulting in 80,000 injuries and 3,675 fatalities. While the […]

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Positive Drug Tests Surge in the Transportation Industry, but Loopholes Remain

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In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) created stricter drug testing rules for employees of federally regulated employers that include lower cutoff levels for substances like amphetamines and cocaine. At the same time, the DOT added substances like ecstasy and heroin to the required drug testing list for transportation workers in public and […]

CMV Drivers Barred From Using Schedule I Drugs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised three rules for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to clarify that CMV drivers may not use Schedule I drugs and be qualified to drive CMVs. These become effective on February 29, 2012. The purpose of the changes are to clarify perceived inconsistencies in the FMCSA’s regulations, […]

As the Hiring Outlook Improves for Transportation, so does Risk

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As a supplement to the 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, we asked respondents working in transportation to answer industry-specific questions. The result is the HireRight Transportation Spotlight, which features the responses from hiring professionals working in trucking, bussing, shipping and air transportation. Similar to the respondents in the Benchmarking Report, the transportation respondents shared […]

$581,000 Verdict in Truck Crash Underscores Importance of Driver Pre-Employment Screening

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If the background check had been conducted in accordance with the FMCSA regulations, the company would have discovered that the driver previously had been at fault for causing two rear-end collisions while driving a commercial vehicle; two citations were issued for following closely in those accidents; his commercial driver’s license had been suspended for 60 days, and he had received a speeding citation while operating a tractor-trailer two months prior to the 2007 collision.