HireRight, the company behind the corrupt DAC reporting system, is now offering a new service to motor carriers which will monitor the MVR records of truck drivers on a monthly basis.
Launched in late 2009, the Driver Violation Alert program is a screening tool available to employers with fleets of drivers, designed to alert the company when a driver commits a traffic violation.
Truck drivers are required to report any traffic violations within 30 days, but according to HireRight, many drivers fail to do so. Under the pretense of safety, HireRight states: “Proactive monitoring of driver performance means faster notification of traffic violations and CDL disqualifications, giving motor carriers increased opportunity to improve the safety of their programs while also making the roads safer for motorists across the country.”
The Driver Violation Alert program is HireRight’s response to the implementation of the CSA by the FMCSA, in order to help trucking companies maintain the highest level of safety scores. HireRight justifies this program by stating:
“Driver monitoring can assist motor carriers in maintaining a higher CSA score by remaining alert to any changes in a driver’s MVR. These alerts provide a critical “heads up” when a violation could potentially impact a carrier’s CSA score. Since motor carriers cannot use the Pre-Employment Screening (PSP) report for current drivers, driver monitoring can serve as a predictor for how a carrier’s score might change as a result of the violations, once the carrier establishes a scoring baseline.”
Drivers need to keep in mind that an employer cannot pull a drivers PSP if they are already employed. It is strictly for Pre-Employment only and shows only violations and roadside inspections. Currently, under the CSA, drivers do not have scores. If a driver is given a “conditional” job offer, the motor carrier can request a PSP record as long as:
- The driver understands that the offer will be rescinded if they do not meet company standards; and
- The driver provides the carrier with a “written consent.”
The Driver Violation Alert (DVA) is currently available in 30 states. I find it ironic that the hard working American truck driver continues to be the target of all that is wrong with safety within the trucking industry. Forced dispatch, false dac reports used for retaliation by trucking companies, pushing drivers to operate faulty and unsafe equipment . . . all the illegal behavior by the companies themselves that have been taking place for years against the professional truck driver and new regulations and programs continue to come out targeting the driver as the reason for non-safety issues.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) has petitioned the FMCSA to allow motor carriers to register their drivers with state licensing agencies which, in turn, would notify the trucking company when a driver receives a traffic violation, conviction or change in commercial driver’s license status. The ATA is proposing establishing a mandated national Employer Notification System in which all states must participate. It should be noted here as well, that the ATA and HireRight work closely together and consider each other as “trusted partners.”
Like so many other companies, HireRight has figured out a way to turn the CSA into another money-maker program.
So there you have it, drivers. HireRight, the company behind the Dac Reporting Services, can now be monitoring your personal MVR records for their paying customers . . . the trucking companies.
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