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Drivers Urged to File DAC Complaints with FTC

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The on-going false DAC reporting by motor carriers against the professional truck driver continues as we hear from drivers on a near daily basis.

As awareness of this issue has become greater in the past few years, further steps have increased in the support of drivers to help combat this “blackballing”  of drivers by certain motor carriers.

Our Stop False DAC Reporting petition remains in place as we reach for 5,000 signatures in order to present to Congress as future viable evidence pertaining to the DAC reporting services.

Recent comments include:

  • “False information has ruined my ability to obtain employment. 16 years of accident free and no tickets. We have to stop this! it’s all I know how to do.”
  • “I haven’t been able to get a job for a year and  I am sure it has to do with false info on my DAC report.”
  • “I am a CDL driver that also has been wrongfully done by former trucking companies that has made incorrect reports on my DAC.”
  • “Hire Right has and continues to allow former employers to input false information on drivers DAC reports, the dispute process is hard to navigate, and the length of time to resolve can cost a person an opportunity to gain employment. And it only takes an employer seconds to ruin someone’s life.”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is encouraging truck drivers to file DAC report complaints with their agency through their online Complaint Assistance Form. Although the FTC does not help to resolve individual DAC complaints, by filing the complaint with the FTC, it can help detect patterns of wrong-doing, and lead to investigations and prosecutions such as the recent lawsuit brought against HireRight by the FTC and the Department of Justice. In this case, HireRight was ordered to pay $2.6 million for numerous violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The DAC Report Class Action Registry is another registry that has been established by the Workers’ Counsel, a California based employee rights law firm with the same goal: by drivers sharing their DAC complaints with the registry, they will work on identifying groups of drivers who have similar claims against common trucking companies in order to increase the chance for further class action suits.

DAC, which stands for “Drive-A-Check”, is used by many trucking companies for the purpose of “willfully and maliciously reporting false information against professional drivers, either in retaliation for seeking better paying trucking jobs elsewhere, or for any number of other fraudulent, anti-competitive reasons.”  

Truck drivers with inaccuracies on their DAC reports who have received no assistance from HireRight in the removal, are now urged to contact the FTC .

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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One Response to Drivers Urged to File DAC Complaints with FTC. - Post a Comment

  1. James McCormack

    It’s amazing how often, that while during processing of a driver’s application, it’s discovered that something is on their DAC Report that the (1) driver didn’t know about, and/or (2) is false or grossly inaccurate. In many cases, information that was placed on the driver’s DAC Report by one company has prevented the driver from being hired by any other company. And I’ll go so far as saying that I’ve seen cases where the driver’s truck driving career has been ruined. Sometimes from what seems to be an almost trivial incident that has been distorted and falsely reported. From our perspective, the purpose of DAC Reports is being very much abused. Unfortunately, often the only recourse a driver has is to hire an attorney who is expert in the field of employment law.

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