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Hiring commercial drivers? Probe deeper into applicant work history

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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.

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