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  • § 391.2
    General exceptions.
  • § 391.11
    General qualifications of drivers.
  • § 391.15
    Disqualification of drivers.
  • § 391.21
    Application for employment.
  • § 391.23
    Investigation and inquiries.
  • § 391.25
    Annual inquiry and review of driving record.
  • § 391.27
    Record of violations.
  • § 391.31
    Road test.
  • § 391.33
    Equivalent of road test.
  • § 391.41
    Physical qualifications for drivers.
  • § 391.43
    Medical examination; certificate of physical examination.
  • § 391.45
    Persons who must be medically examined and certified.
  • § 391.47
    Resolution of conflicts of medical evaluation.
  • § 391.49
    Alternative physical qualification standards for the loss or impairment of limbs.
  • § 391.51
    General requirements for driver qualification files.
  • § 391.63
    Multiple-employer drivers.
  • § 391.65
    Drivers furnished by other motor carriers.

Part 391

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Guidance for § 391.25: Annual inquiry and review of driving record.

Question 1: To what extent must a motor carrier review a driver’s overall driving record to comply with the requirements of §391.25?

Guidance: The motor carrier must consider as much information about the driver’s experience as is reasonably available. This would include all known violations, whether or not they are part of an official record maintained by a State, as well as any other information that would indicate the driver has shown a lack of due regard for the safety of the public. Violations of traffic and criminal laws, as well as the driver’s involvement in motor vehicle accidents, are such indications and must be considered. A violation of size and weight laws should also be considered.

Question 2: Is a driver service or leasing company that is not a motor carrier permitted to perform annual reviews of driving records (§391.25) on the drivers it furnishes to motor carriers?

Guidance: The driver service or leasing company may perform annual reviews if designated by a motor carrier to do so.

Question 3: May motor carriers use third parties to ask State agencies for copies of driving records to be examined during the carrier’s annual review of each driver’s record?

Guidance: Yes. Although an examination of the official driving record maintained by the State is not required during the annual review, motor carriers that choose to do so may use third-party agents, such as driver information services or companies, to obtain the information. However, the motor carrier is responsible for ensuring the information is accurate.

Question 4: Does the use of a third-party computerized system that provides motor carriers with a complete department of motor vehicle report for every State in which the driver held a commercial motor vehicle operatorís license or permit when a driver is enrolled in the system, and then automatically provides an update anytime the State licensing agency enters new information on the driving record, satisfy the requirements of §391.25?

Guidance:

Yes. Since motor carriers would be provided with complete department of motor vehicle report for every State in which the driver held a commercial motor vehicle operator’s license or permit when a driver is enrolled in the system, and the provided with an update any time the State licensing agency enters new information on the driving record, the requirements of §391.25(a) would be satisfied. When the motor carrier manager reviews the information on the driving record, and the License Monitor system records the identity of the manger who conducted the review, the requirements of §391.25(b) and (c) would be satisfied.

With regard to the requirement that the response from each State agency, and a note identifying the person who performed the review, may be maintained in the driver’s qualification files, motor carriers may satisfy the record keeping requirement by using computerized records in accordance with 49 CFR 390.31. Section allows all records that do not require signatures to be maintained through the use of computer technology provided the motor carrier can produce, upon demand, a computer printout of the required data. Therefore, motor carriers using an automated computer system would not be required to maintain paper copies of the driving records, or a note identifying the person who performed the review, in each individual driver qualification file provided a computer printout can be produced upon demand of a Federal or State enforcement official.


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