Corra Group Assists Truckers with Employment Screening for DOT Audits

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With the season approaching where the Department of Transportation typically audits a great many trucking and transportation companies, Corra Group is helping its clients meet DOT compliance standards.

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“This year we have experienced a greater number of signups in the trucking and transportation industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We’ve had a lot of larger trucking concerns, but also numerous startup companies."

Corra Group is assisting trucking and transportation clients with achieving their compliance standards for possible DOT audits. As it is the season when the Department of Transportation typically audits start up and establishing trucking companies, Corra Group has received numerous phone calls from new and current clients asking for assistance in getting them in line with its background checks in the trucking package.

“This year we have experienced a greater number of signups in the trucking and transportation industry,” said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. “We’ve had a lot of larger trucking concerns, but also numerous startups run by guys with maybe one or two trucks with hopes of expansion. We even had several single, independent operators who opened accounts this year.

Gustavson explained that in order to be compliant even the single trucker must be a member of a random drug management consortium. He must be part of a pool so that is part of a larger group where half the drivers in that group are mandated to take random drug tests at least once a year.

“Trucking groups need to make sure that they run their drivers’ Motor Vehicle Driving Records at least once every twelve months,” said Gustavson. Many businesses prefer to run the MVRs more often than that to make sure their drivers have current licenses in good standing. We hear the horror stories where the driver is caught operating a rig with a revoked or suspended license. So when the police pull the truck over for a routine stop or some traffic violation, that’s it. They take the driver to jail and impound the rig. It costs some serious money to bail out the driver and get the rig out of the pound. If there are perishables, then the company eats the cost as the insurance surely won’t pay on a driver with a suspended license.”

Gustavson noted that while some of the compliance mandates are satisfied through various background checks, like criminal records searches, DOT related employment verification, and DOT drug tests, there are additional services, such as the PSP reports that help a company establish better safety standards.

“Surely, the Department of Transportation can audit truckers anytime of the year,” said Gustavson. ‘There is no real rule about how and when they DOT calls for an audit. But, according to many of our clients, this seems to be the time of the year when audits take place. With all the new companies out there, some of whom are just working their way through DOT compliance standards, we can well understand why auditors would be so busy. Also, with the government shutdown for sixteen days or so, between preparing for the shutdown and then ramping back up, it would be logical that the DOT is behind schedule for its annual audits.

“We help our drivers get their background checks out of the way so they are prepared for any DOT audit. So then they can get on with their business, which seems to include the never ending search for experienced truck drivers. Apparently, at the moment, they are not so easy to find.”

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BACKGROUND: Corra operates as Corra Group and specializes in pre-employment and corporate research and investigation. It is one of the few companies that will answer the phone. You can review the website at http://www.corragroup.com.

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