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Why Background check is necessary before hiring a Truck driver?

October 15, 2020

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Hiring a qualified truck driver to drive a semi or regular truck in a fleet is not that easy. A long hour working schedule that keeps a driver away from home for a long time, a harsh working environment during the trip, and thousand miles journey almost every day usually makes a physical and mental impact on the trucker’s mind. Hence the driver’s turnover rate in the trucking industry is almost above seventy percent for both large and small fleets. For these reasons, trucking companies are always in need of hiring new truck drivers or immediate replacement if needs.
 
Background check- industry overview
 
A wage battle between competitors companies also a big reason for the rapid replacement of truck drivers. They usually change their job for better payment and the wide opportunity to get other trucking jobs in the market makes them less committed towards their profession. On the other hand, no employer wishes to involve a hassle regarding continues hunting for a truck driver.  
 
Unhealthy competition between the competitors makes the employment situation complex as well. For this reason, many trucking companies don’t want to bother about an employee background check before hiring a truck driver as this process needs a certain time and they are in a hurry to find a replacement. Background check of a truck driver may need up to 5 business days or more because of complying with some federal and city laws which are time-consuming. There is a chance that the driver will join another competitor during this process. Thus, many employers don’t want to perform a background check before hiring and they just want to keep running their fleet somehow. They hire truck drivers in a hurry without any background check thus violates a professional recruitment standard often in the industry. 
 
However, does this type of hiring process help the trucking companies or the industry? Does it help the industry to maintain the industry standard? Does it help to establish safety for a fleet over the road?
 
Considering the average yearly accident in the United States through the trucks, turnover ratio of a job change by the truck driver’s and the current low standard of the professional commitment of the drivers, it is clear that hiring a truck driver without background checking doesn’t help the trucking companies, it even makes an ultimate loss. 
 
An employment background check is a prime necessity
 
Managing a transportation company is a tough deal considering the laws and regulations, safety and security, and risk management associated with it. Whatever the truck driver’s employment turnover rate in the industry is, no matter how fast you need a truck driver, you should never miss the employment background check. Being a trucking company you may need a driver as quickly as possible but you have to manage safety and legal requirements as well while hiring a new truck driver. It will help your business to survive and stand safe in the long run.
 
Here are some bulleted points that refer to the necessity of an employment background check for the truck drivers.
 
  • It helps to check the right skill for the job.
  • It helps to check the required training and license availability to drive a semi-truck or a regular truck.
  • It helps to keep your business legally compliant as per FMCSA.
  • It helps to find any bad driving or previous accident records by the concerned truck driver.
  • It helps to find out any unsafe driving history or any driving-related offenses.
  • It helps to find previous drug-related issues of the drivers.
  • It helps to find out the stability as a driver.
 
There are some more reasons as well that shows the importance of the background check of a truck driver before hiring. During an employment background check, you can check a 5-10 year driving history of a driver that will help you to hire the right truck driver for your fleet.
 
Check the below points related to background checks that are important before hiring a truck driver in your fleet.
 
License check
 
An applicant must have to submit a valid license for a semi-truck driving. A valid license means an active current license that does not contain any suspension, cancelation, or any other driving restrictions.
 
Vehicle driving records
 
As per FMCSA requirements, you need to check if the applicants have any offenses such as reckless driving, DUI issues (Drunk driving), or any other issues considered as bad driving.
 
Criminal records
 
Applicant’s crime related to motor vehicle driving laws checking is an important step for a background check. Any violations against safe driving regulations will indicate that the truck driver is not safe to hire.
 
Drug Test
 
A standard drug test is required as a part of a background check that is a prerequisite by FMCSA and DOT (Department of transportation).
 
Employment history
 
An employment history check is another important step for a background check. The applicant's work history as a truck driver in the range of the last 5-10 years is perfect to check the applicant's stability and reliability as a new truck driver in the fleet.
 
Physical health
 
A must check of physical health ensure that the applicant is healthy enough as a new driver and can work for a long period. 
 
Pre Employment Screening
 
A pre-employment screening program also called PSP refers to a score that helps the employer to get the streamline information of a truck driver. This PSP scores combined with motor vehicle records that provide a complete scenario of the driving of an applicant.
 
Performing background checks ensures that the potential truck driver is safe and stable to work in your company and legally compliant. This will help your business to survive and run smoothly in the long run. During a background check, you just need to keep in mind that this background checking process complies with the associated Federal, state, or city laws to avoid legal problems. 
 


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