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Are your employees behind the wheel frequently while on the clock? If so, it’s important to take a close look at your prospective employees’ driving records. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that both you and your employees are taking the necessary steps towards a safer business.

Motor vehicle records (MVR’s) are kept on file in every state where the individual holds a driver’s license. These records show whether the license has been revoked, suspended or if the driver has received any traffic violations or been involved in any traffic-related accidents. It is important to understand a prospective employee’s driving history as it can be a strong indication of their future driving record. A driver with one accident is two times more likely to have a future accident and a driver with four accidents is four times as likely to be involved in another accident. Also, a driver with one or more traffic violations is likely to have more violations in the future.

It is important to establish guidelines to help determine if a prospective or current employee should be considered for a job that will require him or her to operate a vehicle. For instance, guidelines that might disqualify an employee from a driving position include:

  • A driving while intoxicated conviction in the past three years.
  • Three serious violations, such as reckless driving and following too closely, during the past three years.
  • Two accidents within the past three years.
  • License suspension due to traffic violations in the last three years.

To obtain an MVR you can contact your state agency or your insurance agent or company. To access a record you need to know the individual’s name, date of birth, address and driver’s license number. Also consider evaluating your current employees’ driving records regularly to ensure they still meet your safe driving requirements.

Vans and Passenger Transportation

If your business requires the use of 15 passenger vans, it is important to understand the safety precautions you and your employees can take to keep everyone in the vehicle safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that vans carrying 16 passengers (including driver) are subject to a rollover rate six times greater than regular passenger cars and vans. Because of these risks, it is important that only experienced drivers operate fully loaded vans. Drivers should understand and be familiar with the handling characteristics of vans, especially when fully-loaded. Of course, it is very important that the driver and all passengers wear seat belts!

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