NTSB recommends fleet driver screens go back 10 years
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Posted by: Ford Boswell
Commercial Carrier Journal reports the National Transportation Safety Board recently
sent a letter recently to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
making recommendations on driver hiring and pre-employment screening, which
would essentially require fleets to delve into a potential hire’s employment
history and records dating back 10 years.
According to CCJ, that is the second recommendation NTBS offered, following
up its first recommendation that FMCSA "create a mechanism” of gathering that
employment history and recording it in a data base of sorts, which would be
available to all prospective carriers and employers.
The third recommendation would require fleets to get records from the
Commercial Driver’s License Information System and the National Driver Register
"for all driver applicants so they can obtain a complete driving history and
license history of prospective drivers.”
The recommendations stem from an accident report — concluded in December
2012 — from a June 2011 crash between a commercial truck and an Amtrak
passenger train, which killed 6 people, including the truck driver. The report
says the driver’s fleet did not have complete or accurate information regarding
the driver’s employment history, the fourth time in two years an accident has
been studied in which a fleet did not have the ability to make an "informed
decision,” says NTBS, due to lack of information.
By boosting a fleet’s ability to gather and use information in the hiring
process, accidents can be prevented and lives saved, says NTBS’ letter.
NTBS has asked FMCSA to respond within 90 days.