A driver pre-employment screening program presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has accomplished a long-sought goal of the American Trucking Associations.
In the month of December, FMCSA announced plans to proffer carriers access to an electronic database of drivers' scrutiny and accident records starting from December. Drivers had to sign an approval form agreeing to allow trucking companies to access the information. It also offers a chance to the drivers to verify and correct their records.
The program allows the hiring companies to look at the accident history of the truck divers before employing them.
Since 2002, American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry has urged FMCSA to offer a bigger access to an applicant's history of roadside driver and vehicle inspections including traffic law violations, and DOT reportable crashes to appraise the driver's past safety performance. The Motor Carrier Management Information System database holds safety event data for about 4 million commercial drivers.
This has helped the trucking companies to hire the safest drivers and thereby saving the lives of many.