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USIS, Falls Church, Virginia, has launched Driver Violation Alert (DVA), a risk mitigation system that an employer can use to monitor motor vehicle records of its drivers monthly.

The service is offered by USIS's commercial services business in Tulsa, Oklahoma. DVA is available to both Department of Transportation-regulated organizations and businesses and non-DOT businesses.

“Driver Violation Alert allows employers to take a more active role in monitoring employee driving records, and gives an employer a chance to take corrective actions or offer driver safety training that may reduce the risk of future accident involvement,” said Kim Bishop, credit and driving records product manager for USIS's commercial services business. “Active screening of company drivers also helps eliminate any surprises that may occur during the annual MVR (motor vehicle driving record) review process.”

To enroll in the service, a motor carrier provides USIS with a list of current employees they wish to monitor monthly. USIS then searches state repositories for updated information on each driver's motor vehicle record, and notifies the carrier of any change to the record. Employers can update the list as needed to ensure only active drivers are screened each month.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all DOT-regulated businesses to perform annual MVR reviews on all drivers. This process is often time-consuming for motor carrier administrators, but use of the DVA service allows the motor carrier to extend the annual review date for an additional 11 or 12 months when a change on the employee's MVR has been identified.

“USIS developed DVA to reduce the administrative time associated with ordering and reviewing employee driving records, and to help prevent costly liability claims and damage to company property,” said Tim Dowd, president of USIS's commercial services business. “But more importantly, we also recognize that using the DVA service gives employers the opportunity to quickly identify high-risk drivers, which increases the level of safety for company drivers and other motorists.”

The most comprehensive method of employment screening is to combine the DVA service with additional background screening services offered by USIS's commercial services business.

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