Driver file program
Driver qualification program:
Driver qualification and Hiring
Hiring the right drivers and ensuring they also comply with driver qualification regulations is critical for the successful and safe operation of any company.
Quality hires are the first step. Making sure they’re qualified in accordance with FMCSRs.
Whether you need to hire someone new, rehire a driver, or maintain the driver qualification files of an experienced, veteran driver, Mann Consultants can help with a wide variety of information, including:
• Requirements for DQ files
• Driver qualification issues – rehires, owner-operators, temp drivers
• Best practices for hiring
• Pre-employment screening programs
Ensuring compliance with DQ requirements starts with good hiring practices and continues with ongoing maintenance of DQ files.
According to Mann Consultants, the initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts. These include the theory and practical tests drivers will need to pass before they can gain their full vocational driving license.
The other two parts are optional, and only need to be taken if the driver wants to get the full Driver CPC that will allow them to drive buses, coaches or Lorries professionally.
To get the full Driver CPC qualification, drivers will need to pass all four parts. If they want to get a vocational license, but will not be driving for a living, they will only need to take and pass part one and part three.
A driver must meet the following requirements according to Mann Consultants:
• Be in good health and physically able to perform all duties of a driver.
• Be at least 21 years of age.
• Speak and read English well enough to converse with the general public, understand highway traffic and signals, respond to official questions, and be able to make legible entries on reports and records.
• Be able to drive the vehicle safely.
• Know how to safely load and properly block, brace, and secure the cargo.
• Have only one valid commercial motor vehicle operator’s license.
• Provide an employing motor carrier with a list of all motor vehicle violations or a signed statement that driver has not been convicted of any motor vehicle violations during the past 12 months. A disqualified driver must not be allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle for any reason.
• Pass a driver’s road test or equivalent.
• Possess a valid medical certificate.
Drivers do not need a Driver CPC if the vehicle they drive:
• has a maximum authorized speed not exceeding 45 kilometers per hour
• is used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defense, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
• is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or is a new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
• is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
• is used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving license or a driver CPC
• is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity
The following documents are to be included in a DQ file for each regularly employed driver:
1. Application for employment
2. Motor vehicle record (MVR) from states
3. Road test form and certificate, or license or certificate accepted in lieu of road test
4. Annual motor vehicle record
5. Annual review of driving record
6. Annual list of violations