An excellent tool your clients can use to protect their organization from risks associated with suspect driving records is a policy to obtain and review current MVRs for each driver. This can provide them with an indicator that can be helpful in determining what kind of risk that person presents to their organization when they are behind the wheel.
MVR driver information is maintained by each state and can be obtained either directly from the state or from an MVR vendor company. This should be done initially for all new drivers by ordering MVRs for every state in which they’ve held a driver’s license for the past 3 years and annually thereafter in their current state.
An important aspect of this policy is determining the criteria on what constitutes an acceptable driving record. This is best done when basing the criteria on the individual’s record of violations instead of basing it on a point system since not all states assign points and others do not assign the same points to each violation. This kind of system is based on the frequency and severity of motor vehicle violations.
Examples of major violations can include:
Examples of minor violations might include:
Once accidents and violations have been classified, many organizations use some type of tool to evaluate each driver’s record. A grid like one below is an example of how to go about evaluating an MVR record within the past three years:
|No. of minor violations|| No. of at-fault accidents
|3 or more
|Any major violation
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.