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New report underscores commercial trucking safety concerns

fmcsa inspect 100x100 New report underscores commercial trucking safety concernsCommercial driver applications with incomplete or inaccurate information jumped 20 percent from 11.78 percent in 2010 to 31.42 percent in 2011, according to the 2011 LexisNexis Commercial Driver Safety report, prepared by the risk analysis company to help commercial carriers improve safety and compliance.

“Non-compliance due to missing previous employment checks, annual review, driver’s license, MVR (Motor Vehicle Record search) and road tests (where required) all increased over 2010,” the LexisNexis report explains. “Of this list, three items directly impact each other: the MVR, annual review and certificate of violations. If the MVR is not in the file, it is unlikely the other two documents can be completed correctly.”

“Our findings continue to show the challenges transportation organizations, and those employing commercial drivers, face when monitoring their drivers and trying to meet compliance standards,” said Hayley Hitchcock, director, vertical strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Due to the inherent hazards associated with driving, fleet owners and managers need to conduct adequate due diligence before placing any employee in a position that requires driving. Failure to do so could expose the company to substantial fines, damage to their reputation and brand, and potential litigation.”

LexisNexis also found that in 2011, 41 percent of all DOT physical examinations, which are critical in determining a driver’s fitness, were limited in their certification or incurred compliance related condition – a three-percent increase over the previous year.

Some of the report’s other findings:

• Hypertension still remains the leading cause of limited certification, although overall rate has dropped from 80.7 percent to 77.68 percent.

Sleep apnea (OSA) has steadily increased amongst drivers over the past three years, while cardiac concerns remained steady at around 5 percent.

• Cocaine positive results are increasing. This could be attributed to a recovering economy and changes in drug testing parameters.

• Employment verification problems hit 38.3 percent

• Motor vehicle reports (MVRs) with adverse findings (which can indicate one or more violations, a revoked license or other issues) are consistently increasing year after year, from 48.2 percent in 2008 to 50.33 percent in 2011.

The full report can be viewed at: http://lexisnexis.com/risk/commercialdriver