Establishing a driver hiring program focused on hiring quality, safe drivers is one of the best practices necessary for a profitable transportation business. An at-fault accident can increase your insurance rates for years to come, even if you dismiss the responsible driver.
Protect your business. Establish a formal driver hiring program. This is one of the best ways to ensure your business avoids unnecessary claims. Already have one? Here are tips and resources to help.
- Driver Hiring Program Guidelines It isn’t only about keeping your insurance costs low and protecting your company’s reputation. Businesses have a duty to protect citizens by not hiring unsafe drivers. It is imperative to establish a driver selection program to hire and retain the best employees.
- Driver’s File Checklist A simple and easy to follow checklist to ensure you have all the necessary information for each of your drivers.
- Driver Application Don’t have a written application for your drivers? Use ours.
Motor Vehicle Record Guidelines
Driver Hiring Program Basics
- Drivers must have a valid driver’s license issued from the state in which the company operates.
- Drivers must have the proper license classifications, if any. Example: Chauffeur’s license and CDL’s for seating capacities greater than 15 passengers.
- Drivers should have 3 years professional driving experience. Without 3 years’ experience, the minimum driving age should be at least 23.
- Drivers 70 or older should provide a U.S. DOT Medical Examination Report documentingacceptable physical condition.
Your driver hiring program should utilize a standard means of determining eligibility. This easy internal points system will help you further determine driver acceptability. Drivers should not have more than 6 points in the past three years or 4 points in the past twelve months.
- Licensed less than 3 years: Not Acceptable
- At-Fault accident in past 12 months: 4 points
- Each additional At-Fault accident: 3 points
- Speeding 1-14 mph above limit: 2 points
- Speeding 15-30 mph above limit: 3 points
- Minor violations (see below): 2 points
- Equipment violations: 2 points
- Seat belt violations: 1/2 point
- Major violations (see below): 6 points
- Driving too fast for conditions: 2 points
- Speeding in school zone: 3 points
- Disregarding traffic control devices
- Lane violations
- Driving during a suspension or revocation
- Careless operation of a motor vehicle
Unacceptable Drivers (Reject these automatically)
- Vehicular homicide, manslaughter, or assault while operating a motor vehicle
- Lending operator, chauffeur, or motor vehicle registration to another
- DUI/DWI in the past 5 years
- Speeding greater than 30 mph above limit
- Negligent/reckless driving
- Fleeing and eluding
- Hit-and-Run Violations
- Felony involving a motor vehicle