We assist the employer to investigate a job candidate’s driving record to minimize liability.
If a prospective employee will be required to operate a motor vehicle as part of his or her work, a motor vehicle operating report is highly recommended. This includes when an employee simply will be driving a car while on the job, such as a person working in outside sales, or any employee who is required to travel and rent cars while engaged in company work. Extensive motor vehicle record investigations are urged for individuals who drive extensively, such as with delivery vehicles.
The degree of liability involved with heavy vehicles, in particular, strongly suggests that a driver’s record of accidents and infractions be identified.
Complicating this is the fact that motor vehicle rules are administered by states, such that no national databases exist for non-commercial drivers (see also CDLIS). Different states have different rules, too, on what is accessed and how. In a limited number of states no records can be accessed, however in California seven years of a driver’s record is subject to scrutiny. International driving records administrators have their own sets of rules.
Factors that are found in a motor vehicle report include:
- License type, current standing, insurance lapses, unpaid summons, status and possible restrictions are identified.
- Related factors such as substance abuse, traffic violations, failure to appear in court and unpaid fines are also uncovered.
- Restrictions that require eyeglasses and hearing aids
- Corroboration or inconsistency of reported residence addresses
In addition, special endorsement such as tank and hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsements or chauffeur’s licenses can be verified as current through a motor vehicle report.
The specter of casualty, grievous injury, significant property loss and costly litigation compel all employers to investigate employees’ driving records. A single accident can destroy a company’s reputation and drive it to financial ruin if hiring negligence is found.
If you have questions regarding employee background screening and employee motor vehicle reports or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-690-4362 or fill out the form below to be contacted by one of our knowledgeable and friendly Background Screening Consultants.
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