FMCSA Launches New Pre-Employment Screening Program

At a time when reports indicate there will be a growing need for more truck drivers over the next decade, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced some welcome news.

Carriers and trucking companies, charged with having to hire more drivers with proven track records behind the wheel, now have at their disposal the FMCSA’s newly expanded Pre-Employment Screening Program. The PSP makes available a driver’s record that includes a three-year crash history as well as a five-year roadside inspection history.

The program has long been available to carriers and companies involved in the hiring of commercial drivers, but the newly expanded version makes it an even more valuable tool to help hiring managers make more confident hiring decisions. Safety data in the PSP system is more accessible than ever before, and is available in traditional online formats as well as through recently launched iPhone and iPad apps.

Having worked as an attorney in truck accident cases across the country, I’ve seen first-hand the ramifications of letting irresponsible or unqualified truck drivers operate large commercial vehicles. It’s a challenging profession that requires skilled operators, and I am in full support of any program that provides assistance to carriers and trucking companies in identifying which drivers have those skills and qualifications.

Were you or a family member involved in a crash with what you believe is an at-fault commercial driver? Truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman and the legal professionals at TruckAccidents.com can help. Call 800-628-4500. 

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