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How to Implement a Fleet Safety Program--Driver Selection
If your company has vehicles - whether in the hundreds or just a single van or pickup truck - you are at risk. At stake is not just safety and liability for property damage and personal injury but your company's reputation. After all, even if you don't have an accident, people in your community might think twice about doing business with your company if they see one of your vehicles being driven unsafely. One of the keys to managing these risks is to implement a comprehensive fleet safety program. This is relatively easy to create and requires less effort than you might think.
The Components of a Fleet Safety Program
Whichever route you go, there are some key components your program should contain:
Driver Record Checks
Most state motor vehicle departments will provide driver record checks to employers, for a nominal fee. You may also be able to negotiate with your fleet insurance carrier to do the checks for you as part of your premium costs.
Assessing The Results
Once you've hired employees, you can use the program to monitor their driving and identify areas for improvement and, if necessary, impose disciplinary action.
In either case, here are some suggested criteria for assessing the results of drivers' records checks:
Acceptable: In general, an acceptable candidate may have these moving violations:
Probationary Status: Candidates may be hired on a probationary status, with their records re-checked every four to six months, if their records show one incident in the past 12 months of:
Unacceptable: Candidates with two or more of the above violations should not be hired into a position requiring the operation of a motor vehicle. Nor should any candidate whose record shows one or more of the following in the past 12 months:
There are other violations or circumstances that may prevent hiring or place the current employee into a probationary status.
When determining eligibility, remember to take into account extenuating circumstances. For example, a temporary suspension for failure to pay forfeiture probably would not affect a candidate's eligibility - but driving on that suspended license might.
One last note about selection criteria: Candidates under 25 years of age should be scrutinized carefully. Restrict drivers in this age group to no more than ten percent of the total number of drivers in your fleet. Drivers younger than 18 years of age should not be hired at all.