Earlier this month, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that carriers will be given access to the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) database used by roadside inspectors and police to check on drivers. TruckingInfo reports that trucking companies will be able to purchase reports with the MCMIS data on individual drivers beginning in December, which will give carriers much more information that they currently have access to, providing details on accident reports and even logbook violations. While trucking companies consider this to be great news, drivers have reason to be wary.
Cause For Concern
Drivers already know the potentially career-ending trouble that can be caused by false information on DAC reports. MCMIS reports will be another potential source of erroneous information that needs to be monitored and fixed.
Details are still scarce, but MCMIS reports will likely differ from DAC Reports in that MCMIS reports contain more information on accidents and violations as recorded by government workers, instead of the often biased information placed by companies on DAC reports.
Trucking companies will need the driver’s permission in order to pull a MCMIS report, but drivers can expect that this screening will become a standard pre-employment check, effectively making their consent a requirement for getting hired.