Motor carrier companies have many tools at their disposal in screening driver applicants. Motor carriers mostly run MVRs (Motor Vehicle Record) checks on potential applicants as part of their hiring process. However, there is another report that motor carriers run on applicants that is not as well-known as the MVRs. It is called the Pre-Employment Screen Program Report, or PSP.
The PSP, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is a federally maintained program that allows motor carriers, drivers, and other industry service providers to access commercial drivers’ safety records.
You may be thinking wouldn’t a drivers MVR show their safety record, and why would someone need to request a PSP on a potential driver? While an MVR is a good tool, and does show traffic violations of drivers, there are multiple differences between the two reports. One of the major differences is that the PSP may provide information not included on a driver’s MVR. According to www.psp.fmca.dot.gov, a PSP record contains descriptions of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reportable crashes that occurred in the last five years, or roadside inspections that happened in the last three years. A reportable crash on a driver’s PSP will not denote who was at fault, it will just state when and where the driver was involved with one, if within the last five years of when the report was pulled.
Providing motor carrier companies, drivers, and other motor carrier industry servicers with a well-rounded view of potential drivers is a necessity in today’s fast paced world. With the amount of goods and freight hauled by truckers increasing 3.4% annually through 2023, according to the American Trucking Association (http://www.trucking.org/article/ATA-Forecasts-Continued-Growth-for-Trucking-and-Freight-Economy), it is essential that carrier companies hire safe drivers. This will ensure our roads remain safe, and our goods and products will get to where they are meant to be.
This article is meant to help guide and assist you. Please consult the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov, or contact your local Department of Transportation Enforcement Office for further assistance.