Technology, CSA and Driver Qualification

By TruckingInfo Staff

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program has prompted many fleets to concentrate more on their recruiting and hiring processes. Technology is stepping up to help.

“Driver qualification used to just be a process, but has become a leading thing,” says Christian Schenk, vice president product marketing for Xata. Fleets are now looking at private sources of information outside what you get from the DOT or DMV on a specific driver.

For instance, TMW recently announced DriverManagement, a Web-based program that automates much of the driver recruitment and hiring process and integrates with TMW’s enterprise transportation systems and document management. The system, which is customizable for each fleet’s processes, prompts the recruiter at each step through the recruiting, validation, hiring and onboarding process.

Compli, Portland, Ore., which specializes in recruiting and HR software, offers a stand-alone CSA product. It provides real-time integration with FMCSA data and automates key business processes resulting from inspection and violation updates. Compli CSA helps fleets review violations to prompt disciplinary action or retraining, and it creates an audit trail of all actions taken in each case.

Read more about technology and CSA in the January issue of HDT.

But in addition to its CSA product, Compli offers a full-fledged automated solution for recruiting, onboarding, and managing HR and compliance requirements for all employees from recruitment through termination.

Vigillo’s PSP Converter is a downloadable application that converts FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program reports into meaningful analysis of driver candidates that correlates with CSA data.

Technology also is giving drivers more leverage over their own CSA-related information. Vigillo’s Roadside Resume makes CSA scores available directly to individual drivers who work for Vigillo customers and affiliates. And Xata has been working on a product called Data Passport, which would put some of its safety tools on a report card that drivers would be able to take with them from job to job. “We think of it as a kind of CarFax for drivers,” Schenk says.

Jim Angel, senior product specialist with PeopleNet, says he believes the FMCSA will develop a driver-centered rating system. When that happens, he thinks there may be a sort of “free agency” for drivers, with the safest drivers being able to demand the highest wages.

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