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Review of the annual motor vehicle record (MVR)
  • Carriers must pay close attention when reviewing MVRs.
  • Some carriers establish a “points” system when evaluating driving records.

In reviewing driving records, carriers must pay particular attention to:

  • Indications of noncompliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) or Hazardous Materials Regulations;
  • Any accidents;
  • Any indications of motor vehicle laws and regulations violations, especially those indicating a disregard for public safety or a disqualification under the provisions of 391.15, or in the tables found in 383.51 covering CDL-vehicle drivers, such as:
    • Speeding,
    • Texting,
    • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
    • Leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death, and
  • For commercial driver's license (CDL) and commercial learner's permit (CLP) drivers, information concerning their:
    • Medical certification status; and
    • Type of operation that they self-certified they will perform, such as:
      • Interstate or intrastate, and
      • Excepted or non-excepted.

A written record which contains the reviewer's signature, comments, and the date must be placed in the driver's qualification file.

Some carriers establish a “points” system to use when evaluating a driving record, assigning points to violations based on company standards and taking disciplinary action when a certain number of points are reached.