Importance of MVRs and drug screening

Why an MVR check is important

Employee driving data can greatly assist employers in identifying and mitigating strict liability in the workplace. Driving Records can help employers avoid the risk of third party lawsuits, medical bills, and other costs related to auto accidents by an employee whose primary or even incidental role includes driving the job.

An MVR check includes license information such as issued state, status, expiration date, suspensions, withdrawals, violations, and penalties. MVR reports are easy to read and contain standardized ACD violation codes.

MVR Driving History largely repeats itself. So when a company performs an MVR check, it can predict the likelihood of negative activities in the future. In addition, insurance companies focus on several factors when determining car insurance rates, and their premiums are sometimes based on driving history data. If a company employs drivers with negative driving habits, the insurance company may charge higher premiums. By knowing MVR driving records, companies can protect themselves against higher premiums.

Driving records must be checked at least annually; However, it is recommended to check them more often to proactively determine if any changes have occurred to the driving record and to further reduce the company’s liability.

A real-time MVR ordering and control system can provide companies with instant verification of their company’s drivers.

Why driver drug screening is important

Generally, all CDL drivers operating commercial motor vehicles are subject to the CDL requirements on public roads in the US. performing safety-sensitive functions are subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing. This includes all full-time, part-time, intermittent, backup and international drivers. DOT truck drivers must undergo drug testing prior to employment. This should be done once a year, after every accident and if there is a suspicion that a driver is using drugs. In addition, CDL drivers must be randomly tested throughout the year.

DOT Drug Screening requires laboratory testing for the following five classes of drugs:

  • Marijuana

  • Cocaine

  • Opiates – opium and codeine derivatives

  • Amphetamines and Methamphetamines

  • Phencyclidine – PCP.

DOT alcohol tests identify an alcohol concentration of 0.02 and above.

NOTE: As of January 1, 2018, CDL drivers will be tested on four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone). Some common names for these semi-synthetic opioids are OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®. In addition, they are no longer tested for MDEA.

When drivers use drugs, their motor skills deteriorate and their reaction time is seriously impaired. This can be dangerous and lead to accidents. Good drug screening ensures that a company has healthy drivers on the road.