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The Importance of Auditing Your Driver Files
Foley
3 mins read

When was the last time you audited your driver files? According to FMCSA data, approximately 20 percent of all critical violations last year was due to errors in the driver file process.

A few of the most common problems?

Missing medical certificates and not keeping the inquiries into a driver’s employment record in their file (and not keeping it in a secure location) were some of the bigger issues…with the average fine so far this year around $5,000. However fines as high as $9,000 have been issued to carriers for a single driver file violation.

Especially if you’re still maintaining paper driver qualification files, it’s important to periodically audit your files to ensure everything is in order. “We find errors in almost all of the paper driver files we audit at Foley,” VP of Operations Mike Every said. “The files get harder to manage the more drivers the company has…there are simply too many documents and deadlines to keep track of.”

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To be fully compliant, there are 16 documents that go into a driver file, including 6 that must be updated on an ongoing basis – as well as FCRA compliance issues that must be considered. These documents that must be regularly updated include the driver’s medical certificate, annual motor vehicle report and annual certificate of violations. “Companies really need an organized system to manage all of these requirements and ensure documents are kept up to date,” Mike said.

The Ease of Automation

 A growing number of companies are transitioning to electronic, online systems to ensure that their driver files are always compliant. In addition to fulfilling the driver file creation requirements for each driver, many of these systems automatically track document deadlines on an ongoing basis to ensure that MVRs are run in a timely manner and medical certificates don’t expire, for example. “Moving to an online driver file management system also prepares companies for the offsite audit process, which is becoming the DOT’s go-to method of auditing a carrier’s safety compliance,” Mike said. “Because the documents are already online, they can be easily shared with the auditor as soon as they’re needed.”

Quiz: Are Your Driver Files Offsite Audit Ready?

At Foley, all customers receive an email notification and portal alert whenever a potential compliance issue arises. This system replaces the need for carriers to audit their driver files, and ensures that their files are 100 percent ready whenever an auditor comes calling. For more information, call (860) 815-0764 or click here.

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