Organizations that hire commercial drivers must now collect, and provide to other employers, more details from their driver applicants.
Reason: The U.S. Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized new rules that require employers to more closely review candidates' professional driving safety records. The rule also requires you to make that information available when another employer asks about one of your former drivers.
The rules require employers to:
- Investigate drivers' employment and accident records.
- Probe further into previous employers' records of drug and alcohol testing.
- Maintain driver employment history files for all new or prospective employees.
Timeline: The rules became effective April 29, 2004. Starting Oct. 29, 2004, employers must respond to information requests about their ex-drivers within 30 days and must ensure that access to driver employment files is limited to those who are involved in the hiring decision or who control access to the files.
Learn more about the rules at www.dot.gov/affairs/fmcsa504.htm.