Minimum Driver Standards
The Federal Regulations set forth minimum standards for drivers of all vehicles over 10,000 lbs GVW or GVWR operating in interstate commerce. The driver must demonstrate that he/she:
- Is 21 years of age
- Can sufficiently speak the English language
- Can safely operate the type of equipment he/she will be assigned to drive
- Is physically qualified
- Has valid license to operate a commercial motor vehicle
- Provided TransForce with list of moving violations in the past three years
- Is not disqualified to drive
- Has road test certificate or equivalent (as defined in Section 391.33, usually a CDL)
TransForce also maintains more stringent minimum driver standards as follows:
- Experience – A minimum of one year of recent¹ experience driving the type of equipment that the driver will be assigned to operate or a total of two years of experience in the past five years.
- Accidents – No DOT defined accidents2 in the past three years in which the driver was convicted for a moving violation in connection with the crash.
- Violations – No more than three moving violations in the past three years in any type of motor vehicle.
- Serious Offenses3 – No convictions for any of the following offenses in the past three years in any type of vehicle:
– More than one excessive speeding conviction (15 mph or more above the posted speed limit)
– Careless and/or Reckless driving
- Serious Offenses – No convictions for any of the following offenses in the past seven years in any type of vehicle:
– Driving under the influence of alcohol (as prescribed by state law, or refusing to test)
– Driving under the influence of a controlled substance
– Leaving the scene of an accident
– A moving violation in connection with a fatal accident
– Vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide
– Eluding a police officer
We will run a nationwide background check to reveal disqualifying criminal convictions.
¹ Recent is defined as having driven 12 months within the past 24 months.
2 A DOT defined crash is one resulting in a fatality, or injury requiring treatment away from the scene, or disabling damage requiring a vehicle to be towed (FMCSR 390.5).
3 Offenses in the past 4-7 years will be reviewed and qualification is based upon the facts and circumstances of each offense