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Starpoint Announces Integration with Tenstreet Inc. for MVRs and Background Checks

Starpoint Screening, an industry leader in providing risk management and compliance solutions to the trucking and transportation industry, announced an integration with Tenstreet Inc.’s driver management services.

Tax Deductions for Truck Owner Operators

If you drive for a company, you can no longer claim work related tax deductions when you file. However, if you are an owner operator you can claim you’re the itemized cost of your work and deduct these costs on your tax form 1099.

Economic Outlook for Trucking Industry

In January the American Trucking Association Index released that For-Hire Truck Tonage and rose 0.6% in January after a 0.9% increase in December. January’s gain was the sixth straight increase which would indicate the worst effects of the pandemic are being erased.

Shortage of Truck Drivers Continues in 2022

As underlying causes show no signs of stopping, professional drivers and equipment will be in short supply again in 2022.

Trucking Industry 2022 Forecast – Opportunity Ahead

The trucking industry has faced a number of challenges in the past few years—the most notable of which is the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the pandemic itself, COVID-19 has accelerated or exacerbated many of the challenges already facing truckers.

The Importance of a Criminal Background Check in Driver Screening

While Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) and Pre-Employment Screening (PSP) reports are crucial elements of screening new hires, a thorough screening process will go beyond looking at just driving history.

Post-Hire Screening

It’s common to perform a motor vehicle record (MVR) check during the hiring process to ensure you hire responsible drivers with the appropriate and valid licenses. While it is important to undergo a pre-employment screening process before hiring a candidate, screening current employees is no less critical.

Addressing Unfavorable MVR or Background Check Results

An essential part of hiring any driver is conducting a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check and a background check on applicants. This process can help identify suitable candidates and potentially prevent accidents before they can occur.

What does a blank or error on a MVR mean?

Have you ordered an MVR on your driver only to find a blank report or error on the report? Based on the information you get back from StarPoint you can determine why the error occurred.

Improve your Hiring Process with StarPoint Screening

For anyone employing drivers, pulling a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) is essential for new hires. This process can be challenging to navigate, but screening services like StarPoint Screening can simplify the process, saving time and energy.

The Importance of Employees Driver’s License Status

For employers, checking the driver’s license status of employees that will operate a motor vehicle for any business purpose is essential. This is not limited to delivery drivers—it includes anyone driving a company car, contractors who transport goods, and even employees or volunteers driving people for business-related events. Conscientious employers should check the driver’s license status of anyone whose driving might reflect on their business.

Keeping Driver Safety in Check

Driver safety is one of the main concerns for trucking companies today. Not only is it important for the protection of employees and other people on the road, but accidents can cost companies thousands of dollars.

Reasons to obtain a PSP DOT Report on a Driver

The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) through the FMCSA offers reports on individual commercial drivers’ history. PSP reports can be helpful in a variety of ways.

FMCSA’s COVID-19 Relief Extension and What it Means for Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended a number of regulatory relief measures to May 31st, 2021. Among these is an exemption on hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers providing direct assistance to emergency efforts and an extension on permits and licenses up for renewal.

New Federal Mask Requirements Impact on Truck Drivers

Federal regulations now require face masks on commercial transportation, including aircraft, trains, ferries, and all forms of public transportation. This applies to operators as well as passengers, but does this apply to truck drivers?

Free Company Snapshot Search by USDOT Number

The Company Snapshot is a concise electronic record of a company’s identification, size, commodity information, and safety record, including the safety rating (if any), a roadside out-of-service inspection summary, and crash information.

Driver’s License Format by State

When ordering Motor Vehicle Records, PSP Reports or CDLIS Reports it’s important to obtain a photo copy of the driver’s license as many states will not return a report if the Driver’s Name or License number do not match what is in their system.

StarPoint Launches CDLIS Reports

Mandated by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (CMVSA) of 1986, StarPoint Driver Screening’s CDLIS report supports the issuance of commercial driver licenses (CDLs) by the jurisdictions, and assists jurisdictions.

CDL Disqualification Periods for a USA PATRIOT Act Offense

Learn about CDL disqualifications for a USA PATRIOT Act Offense.

CDL Disqualification Periods for Crossing Offenses

Learn about CDL disqualifications and periods for Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Violations.

Driver’s License Number Security

The security of your personal information is extremely important, especially when this information can be used for identity theft. Savvy identity thefts can use your driver's license to help obtain other information on you. Learn how to keep driver's license numbers secure.

CDL Disqualification Periods for Major Offenses

Learn about CDL disqualifications for major offenses.

What’s the difference between a MVR, PSP and CDLIS Record?

With so many driver report options you may not be sure which ones you need. Learn about the various driver reports StarPoint offers.