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Using the Pre-Employment Screening Program to Improve Transportation Safety

How can a company lower their crash rate by 8 percent and driver out-of-service rates by 17 percent, on average, with new hires? The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) is a voluntary program that motor carriers can use to help evaluate the safety of drivers they are considering to hire.

The program provides carriers, individual drivers, and industry service provider’s access to commercial drivers' safety records from FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). PSP records include five years of crash history and three years of roadside inspection history. Records are available 24 hours a day via the PSP website.

MCMIS is a federal government database, which is different from the state data sources used to generate Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs). PSP records can only be requested for pre-employment purposes and NOT current employees. Individual drivers may access their own records via the PSP website as well. There is a small fee for carriers to enroll in PSP, ranging from $25 to $100 per year (depending on company size). 

For more details check out FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program webpage, and for transportation safety assistance contact ISRI Transportation Safety Director Commodor Hall.
 

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