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FMCSA Proposes Holding Driver Records Three Years

July 28, 2003

A rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would require trucking companies to hold onto driver safety records for three years for prospective employers to review, up from the current two years.The proposal, published in the July 17, 2003 Federal Register, would compel a driver’s previous employer to maintain records on work history, reportable accidents, and alcohol and controlled substance use. Prospective employers could request those records, and a driver’s previous employer would have 30 days to turn them over for review.The proposed rule supplements an interim rule published in March 1996. Under the original rule, employers were required to hold onto driver records for just two years. The comment period for the proposed new rule ends Sept. 2, 2003.
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