October 10, 2023
4 min read
Employers who hire commercially licensed drivers are particularly mindful of the importance of recruiting competent and trustworthy drivers. Therefore, companies must conduct comprehensive background checks on drivers’ driving histories to guarantee that drivers possess the necessary qualifications.
This is where reports such as MVRs (Motor Vehicle Records) and PSP (Pre-Employment Screening Program) come into play. Several motor carriers need more clarity regarding the difference between PSP and MVR. Here, FleetCare provides a breakdown of the difference between these two types of reports.
PS is a voluntary program that offers safety benefits for motor carriers. The Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) collects PSP information for carriers, truck drivers, and service providers. This data generates CSA scores and informs the Safety Management System (SMS). A driver’s PSP record is updated based on the most recent MCMIS data whenever a driver undergoes a roadside inspection.
A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) is a report containing an employee’s driving history from a specific state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Unlike the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), the data sources for MVRs are different. Typically, you can obtain an MVR by searching the state DMV website. According to FMCSA regulations, a motor carrier must obtain a 3-year MVR record.
Monitoring MVR mitigates risk, safeguards a company’s financial performance, and aids in obtaining favorable commercial insurance rates as insurance providers increasingly acknowledge the value of this approach.
Here are the specific differences between a PSP and an MVR:
Motor carriers should obtain MVRs, and PSP reports to understand a candidate’s driving history completely. However, MVRs may not display incidents unless the state court has convicted the driver. On the other hand, PSPs provide a detailed overview by revealing violations detected during roadside inspections over five years for accidents, three years for inspections, and out-of-service violations.
However, PSP reports do not include tickets, warnings, citations, personal driving records, or local/state infractions, unlike MVRs. Therefore, checking the candidate’s driving history in personal and professional contexts is important to assess their safety and risk level. Running separate MVR and PSP reports ensures comprehensive data collection and minimizes the chance of overlooking any crucial information. Ultimately, these reports identify potential hires with a history of unsafe driving behavior, preventing violations and safeguarding the company’s CSA score.
If you have any further questions regarding PSP and MVR for commercial drivers, the experts at FleetCare are available to help.