Commercial truck drivers have many things working against them. For years there has been many changes to the law and what the driver can and can’t do all the way down to their health cards. The new CSA 2010 law is here and here to stay. It is complex and the commercial driver should educate themselves on the program. It’s imperative that you understand the basics of the law, know what your record and history shows, change the behaviors that count against your record and if the driver needs to dispute certain outstanding issues – hire a traffic ticket attorney.
Get your pre screening program PSP report for employment. This report compiles your most recent crash data and 3 years of roadside inspection..this is not a MVR report. If you authorize the carriers view your psp report they can view your information as a prescreening tool and not for reviewing current drivers.
Here are a list of questions for The Compliance Safety Accountability CSA and Prescreening program PSP:
How can I contest the information in my FMCSA commercial driving record?
Go on-line to the DATAQs https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov
Request for Data review in the FMCSA database, you need to register online to create an account/profile.
I received a traffic ticket in my personal vehicle – will that affect my PSP?
No traffic tickets for commercial drivers will not count on their Safety Measurement System SMS. Only applies if they get in the commercial vehicle.
My last employer, I received a couple of CSA violations, I have switched jobs to another carrier, do these CSA violations count against the new carriers score?
No the new carrier does not inherit any of your previous CSA violations. However, the PSP will show your history and might be a red flag for how you might perform for them..based on your history.
Another good resource for employment history visit www.dotjobhistory.com