Accio Data is excited to announce that PSP is an integrated provider in Accio Enterprise Version 2.45. Employers of commercial drivers, like trucking and bus companies, have the option to view the driver’s U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) safety record using the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP).
After PSP’s initial launch, FMCSA expanded the program to include CRAs who are involved in the hiring of commercial drivers. This expansion means that you, too, can offer PSP to your clients.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) collects data on drivers and that is made available in the form of a PSP record. The PSP record is the collection of a driver’s 5-year crash and 3-year roadside inspection and violation histories. This data is collected during a roadside inspection by a law enforcement professional. The data is stored in FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Approximately every 30 days, the PSP database is refreshed with the latest MCMIS data.
PSP Improves Safety
According to a safety impact analysis study conducted by FMCSA, carriers using PSP are contributing to improved highway safety. Companies using PSP have realized, on average, an 8 percent reduction in their crash rate and a 17 percent decrease in their driver out-of-service (OOS) rate.
The study analyzed crash rates and driver-related OOS rates during a 12-month period for trucking and bus companies (carriers) who use PSP on at least a monthly basis. These carriers were compared against their own performance prior to the PSP program launch, and also against a control group (carriers that do not use PSP). Based on the data, the study estimated that carriers using PSP prevented 863 commercial motor vehicle crashes and nearly 3,600 drivers from being placed OOS roadside during the study timeframe.
As part of the study, FMCSA also gathered anecdotal evidence of how companies view PSP. Carriers like to use the system to ensure that drivers accurately report information on their applications. At times they will find an omission of employment or crashes. According to the study report, “Violations in the PSP report for pre-trip inspections, logbooks, and speeding were high on the list of concerns and were generally believed to be a better indication of a driver’s safety performance rather than violations that the driver had little direct influence to avoid.” FMCSA published full study results.
Access to PSP
Accessing PSP through Accio Data requires you to first set up an account with NIC Technologies – the contractor who manages PSP on behalf of FMCSA. You will need to fill out the enrollment agreement and return that to NIC. A PSP subscription costs $100 annually and each PSP record costs $10. You’ll be invoiced directly by NIC Technologies each month.
If you’d like to learn more about PSP, please watch for an upcoming webinar that will be offered to answer your questions. You may also find information at the PSP site.