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FMCSA Launches Pre-Employment Screening Program for Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched its Pre-Employment Screening Program to allow commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process.

“Safety is our highest priority. The Pre-Employment Screening Program sends a strong message to commercial carriers and drivers that we are serious about having the safest drivers behind the wheel of large trucks and buses,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

PSP, as the program is known, began in mid-May and offers access to up to five years of driver crash data and three years of inspection data regardless of the state or jurisdiction. By using driver safety information during pre-employment screening, commercial carriers can also assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees. PSP also gives drivers additional opportunities to verify the data in their driving history and correct any discrepancies. Driver records will be protected in accordance with federal privacy laws, FMCSA said.

PSP is populated monthly by FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System, which is comprised of driver performance data including inspection and compliance review results, enforcement data, state-reported crashes, and motor carrier census data.

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