LexisNexis® 2012 Commercial Driver Safety Report Shows 9 Percent Rise in
False Driver Employment History
Report also shows a surprising impact of regulatory changes on commercial
ATLANTA -- November 15, 2012
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced the results of the third annual
LexisNexis 2012 Commercial Driver Safety Report: Industry Insights, Analysis
and Trending, designed to help trucking companies hire drivers smarter.
According to the study, false or unverifiable history rose 9 percent points
from 2008 to 2012 – topping this year at 38.97 percent. In addition,
employment verifications tripled in volume during the first half of 2012,
possibly indicating that companies are experiencing a driver shortage and are
processing more applicants through electronic means.
The report also shows the surprising impact of federal and state regulatory
changes on commercial driver fleets. When the Department of Transportation
(DOT) lowered drug-testing cut-off levels for cocaine in 2010, the industry
expected to see a jump in positivity rates. While the LexisNexis report shows
the predicted increase in 2011, it also reveals an unexpected decrease by 11
percentage points in 2012. For many employers, this could be a potential
barometer of program effectiveness. Most employers are conforming to new DOT
guidelines by effectively managing their driver compliance programs to
accommodate these regulatory changes.
“Today, compliance within the commercial motor vehicle industry is more
complex and employers are working hard to monitor and keep pace with these
regulatory changes,” said Lee Rivas, senior vice president and general
manager, screening, LexisNexis.
Other key report insights include:
*Most identified reasons for non-compliant driver qualification
files—missing or incomplete applications;
*Most identified items missing from driver qualification files—MVR (Motor
*Most common reason for a limited medical card—hypertension (third year in
this spot); and
*Most common drug on the rise—amphetamines (positivity rates more than
doubled from 12 percent in 2011 to 26 percent in 2012).
In the transportation industry, employment screening is far more than a
pre-hire formality—it impacts the entire hiring lifecycle. Highly regulated by
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), it includes many moving parts
ranging from post accident drug testing and DOT-compliant medical exams, to
the detailed maintenance of individual driver qualification files.
Consolidating all compliance and screening services under one provider
dramatically enhances your ability to manage programs with strict DOT
guidelines, as well as other regulations including the Fair Credit Reporting
The report includes excerpts and findings from a 2012 driver safety program
survey performed by LexisNexis and HR.com.
The full report is available at http://lexisnexis.com/risk/commercialdriver.
About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions (www.lexisnexis.com/risk/) is a leader in providing
essential information that helps customers across all industries and
government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology,
unique data and advanced scoring analytics, we provide products and services
that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the
highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part
of Reed Elsevier, a leading publisher and information provider that serves
customers in more than 100 countries with more than 30,000 employees
Our screening solutions assist employers, non-profits and multi-family housing
managers with making quicker and more confident applicant selections based on
industry-leading background checks and drug testing.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Stephen Loudermilk, 678-694-2353
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