Will the FMCSA Eliminate the Employment Application Requirement?

Driver Employment ApplicationHave you heard? The FMCSA has sent notice, by publishing an ANPRM, that it is considering changes to the current requirement to have prospective drivers complete a full FMCSA employment application. As part of this proposal, the agency is seeking comment on the ways the requirement for an employment application could be changed to reduce the paperwork burdens for drivers and motor carriers.

Why This Change?

Employment applications, or questionnaires in the case of owner-operators, are a necessary part of most job application processes; why would truck drivers be exempt from this requirement? One major reason for this proposed change is that the driver employment application is merely a record-keeping document that does not determine whether a driver is qualified to operate a motor vehicle. Moreover, it's entirely possible that the information a driver is required to include in an employment application can be found elsewhere in the driver's personnel file or on a government database, and therefore the employment application is merely a redundant means of conveying information that can be obtained more efficiently from other sources. This positions the proposed rule change as in line with the current administration's overall push for decreased regulatory requirements in an effort to eliminate unnecessary governmental regulations.

What's Your Opinion?

Regardless of the reason for the change, it's clear that there are many ramifications to such a shift in driver employment procedure. If you have feedback for the FMCSA, consider submitting your thoughts. Comments on this proposed change must be received on or before May 7, 2019 and can be submitted in the following ways:

  1. Online: visit www.regulations.gov, put the docket number (FMCSA-2018-0247) in the Keyword box and click Search. Open the docket folder link that appears in the results list, then click on the "Comment Now!" button and type your comment into the text box provided.
  2. Mail: Write to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590.
  3. Hand Delivery/Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).
  4. Fax: Send comments via fax to (202) 493-2251.

Be sure to include the docket number listed above in your communications, regardless of the submission type.

InfoStream Will Be Prepared.

As this ANPRM unfolds, InfoStream will be monitoring the comments and the direction this proposed regulation brings to the industry. As a customer-focused organization, InfoStream's applicant tracking, onboarding and driver qualification file management systems will all be positioned to accommodate the new ruling. Additionally, as with many of our clients who choose to go above the minimum regulations, should they decide to go above and beyond the FMCSA policy based on their internal safety and risk assessment, InfoStream will provide the solution that will meet their needs.

More information about this proposed change will surely be forthcoming, so stay tuned.

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