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Infographic- What Background Checks are Required for Commercial Drivers?

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Here’s a quick checklist of the basic requirements for pre-employment background checks on drivers mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including commercial drivers who operate passenger or property-carrying vehicles. Be sure to check out our eBook on best practices, our webinar or podcast on hair drug testing. We also have a wealth of […]

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Driver Medical Qualifications: The Status of FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

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By: Abigail Potter, Manager of Safety and Occupational Health Policy at the American Trucking Associations Over the last decade, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been working towards improving standards for how commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are medically qualified. One significant improvement FMCSA made toward standardizing the medical qualifications program was the […]

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5 Key Reasons to Outsource Driver Employment and Drug/Alcohol History Verifications

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Verifying the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mandated requirement for attaining a three-year work history on all driver candidates is one of the biggest hiring challenges for motor carriers and companies with private fleets. By the time organizations obtain all the required information—a significant time investment for employees—the highly-valued driver may have already been […]

Entry Level Driver Training – A Long Time Coming

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new rules on December 8, 2016 that require entry-level drivers to complete special training designed to ensure that they are competent and prepared to maneuver an 80,000 lb commercial motor vehicle safely before they can take their skills test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

These new training requirements will change the way motor carriers qualify inexperienced drivers, how insurers rate these drivers and how many new drivers enter the transportation industry.

New Proposal Sets a Higher Bar for Bigger Fleets – Is that Fair?

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Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a new method for assigning motor carriers’ safety fitness determinations (SFD), commonly called safety ratings.

Currently, safety ratings are assigned after the completion of a labor-intensive compliance review (CR) – or audit – of records at the carrier’s place of business.

FMCSA now proposes to also use data from its Compliance Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS), in addition to information gathered during on-site compliance reviews, to make SFDs on a monthly basis.