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Safety in Fleet Management

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP
August 23 2016
The transportation industry has two important goals: delivering goods from place to place in an efficient manner and keeping the public safe while transporting these goods. In order to achieve these goals, trucking and distribution companies need to have an effective fleet management process, as well as employ responsible and reliable drivers.
Fleet Management is a complex and labor-intensive specialty. You have to select and maintain vehicles and drivers while ensuring safety, reducing costs, maximizing profits, and keeping detailed records of everything. It can be overwhelming if you don’t have enough support or the right kind of technology to complete your tasks efficiently.

While you’re tracking all these things, your drivers, whether they are a fleet of 20 or 20,000, must be continually checked for current license status and new incidents. Companies that hire and don’t periodically re-screen drivers with criminal backgrounds or a history of substance abuse are at a higher risk for liability for negligence, regulatory sanctions, and loss of goods. You have to have a solution in place.

 

It’s All in the Details

Federal law requires that transportation companies screen their drivers for drugs and alcohol prior to employment. This includes full-time, part-time, and substitute drivers. Federal law also requires random drug and alcohol testing during employment, following an accident, or when there is reasonable suspicion that a driver is impaired.

Including pre-employment and post-hire background screenings and drug tests in your fleet management process can reduce these risks. But who wants yet another piece of software to log in and out of during the course of all this management? That’s where the convenience of software integration meets the comprehensiveness of utilizing third parties.

Professional third party background screeners like InfoMart easily integrate with many fleet management systems. This integration allows us to conduct and manage the status of your drivers, and deliver updates and results directly to the software you use to manage all of your fleet details.

Plus, professional background screeners must comply with FCRA requirements to safely retain records, so they always have a protected back-up for you should anything happen to your data or your processes come under scrutiny.

Technologically advanced screeners can even track your drivers at intervals and remind you when it’s time to review employees’ motor vehicle records (MVRs). With the click of a button, an entire employee driver pool is submitted and fresh MVRs are conducted, providing you with the MVR re-certification documentation you need to streamline the monitoring of your whole fleet.

Screeners with broad supplier relationships also help improve the safety of your fleet without adding to your to-do list by managing every portion your drug screening processes nationwide. They conduct DOT-compliant drug tests for pre-employment, post-accident, random re-screens, and more.

 

The InfoMart Experience

Whether interstate trucking or local delivery fleets, InfoMart understands the needs of the transportation industry as our experience with transportation companies dates back to the inception of the company. Our background check and drug testing programs, designed in accordance with DOT, FAA, and FMCSA regulations, provide a sense of security for human resources, safety, and compliance departments.

From MVRs to CDLIS searches, Professional License Verifications to DOT Drug Testing, InfoMart provides service that moves at the speed of your business. The ease of our system makes it possible for you to spend minimal time managing your driver requirements so you can focus on managing your fleet as a whole.

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record. To learn more about Tammy, visit www.tammycohen.com.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit www.InfoMart-USA.com, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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