If you hire commercial drivers, prepare to start collecting more pre-hire information from applicants.
The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants employers to:
- Investigate drivers' employment records and any accidents that occurred in the three years prior to the application date.
- Probe further into previous employers' records of alcohol- and drug-testing history.
- Maintain driver employment history files for all new or prospective employees.
To read the proposal (Reg. ID No. 2126-AA17) go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rulesregs/fmcsr/rulemakings.htm.
Note: In related news, the FMCSA recently denied a trucking association's petition to allow 18- to 20-year-olds to drive trucks in interstate commerce under certain conditions. Current rules set an age 21 limit.