Transportation Webinar: Employee Screening Using MVRs and PSPs moderated by Dale Reagan

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As reported by J.J. Keller in their 02/14 "Motor Carrier Safety Report" and the 11/25/2013 Transport Topics article, "FMCSA Says Carriers Can Cut Accidents by Using Its Pre-Employment Screening," fleets using PSP have 8% fewer crashes than the controlled group of carriers who did not.  Studies also report 17% fewer drivers reflect out-of-service orders.  For an additional $12 when screening new CDL drivers, you can reduce crashes by 8% and improve your CSA score.  Is this a sound return on investment?

Insurance providers, do you know if your insureds or potential insureds are using PSP as part of their driver selection?  Agents, do you find out if your insureds are using PSP and if so, letting their insurer know.  If not, are you assisting them in helping them start the process?  As the insurance market "tightens", insurance providers are becoming more selective on who to provide coverage to and at what price.  PSP usage should be a part of your consideration.

A motor carrier just cannot start using PSP as a part of the screening.  Yes, the cost is low but they will need to review and possibly revise their driver qualification screening and provide to new drivers including employees and independent contractors.  Remember, anyone who drives a motor carrier power unit under their DOT# is considered an "employee" by the FMCSA and must be screened as an employee.


What does PSP reflect?  When a "truck" is stopped for an inspection, the results of the inspection will be reflected in the Carrier Safety Management System (CSMS) which drives CSA scores and ISS. The results affect a motor carrier for two years. The inspection results also are reflected in the Driver Safety Management System (DSMS).  Drivers' results are accessible for three years of activity.  When a driver with a CDL moves to a potential new motor carrier, the new potential employer can access the driver's past on-road activities; both who he/she worked for as well as the results of the on-road inspections.  Once a new driver is hired, the motor carrier can access the "employee" which includes independent contractors/owner-operators by use of their PIN when operating under their DOT#.  So when considering a potential new employee, the motor carrier sees if the driver has adhered to FMCSA Rules and Regulations while operating for another motor carrier.  This information is beyond what is reflected on an MVR.

What could be found?  

  • Hours-of-Service violations
  • Drug possession that did not cause impairment
  • Inability to secure a load and more which would not be found on an MVR