In transportation, there are four reports that most employers will request when reviewing applicants for driving positions at their company. These are:
In this four-part series, we review these primary reports you need when screening your drivers, as well as best practices when ordering them from Driver iQ, Cisive’s transportation employment screening division.
PSP stands for Pre-Employment Screening Program. It provides access to the safety records stored in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The MCMIS is a federal database, separate from the patchwork of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) databases at the state level. Carriers, commercial drivers, and third-party service providers for the transportation industry can request these safety records.
It is not required to order a PSP report when hiring a new driver. However, motor carriers that use PSP see an 8% decrease in the company’s crash rate, as well as a 17% decrease in out-of-service (OOS) violations, compared to motor carriers that do not use PSP.
A PSP report contains the following:
PSP reports may contain whether a crash was preventable or not. It may also contain whether a driver was convicted of a different charge. It may help prospective employers discover previous employment undisclosed by a driver.
A PSP report does not contain a score, although information found on a PSP will be used to determine a carrier’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) score. CSA pulls roadside inspections and crash data from the previous two years.
Driver iQ provides a few reminders when ordering a PSP report:
Contact Driver iQ today to develop a background screening program that can help reduce your crash rate and OOS violations, while improving your CSA score.
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