In response to a congressional mandate, FMCSA launched PSP on May 11, 2010, to provide motor carriers with instant access to driver safety data for use during the hiring process. Before the implementation of PSP, driver safety data was only available through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. By offering access to a driver’s five-year crash and three-year roadside inspection history, PSP informs hiring decisions that lead to improved commercial motor vehicle safety on America’s roadways.
Industry participation in PSP—a voluntary safety program—has grown to include more than 65% of motor carriers.
In accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, motor carriers and background screening companies are granted instant access to a driver’s safety history after obtaining the driver’s written authorization. Drivers may access their own PSP records online at any time, and Industry Service Providers who help motor carriers hire drivers may enroll in the program.
FMCSA is responsible for PSP data and general oversight of NIC, the contractor, who fulfills key program areas, such as handling daily operations, customer service, and technology development and maintenance. An FMCSA study showed that motor carriers experience an average reduction of 8% in crash rates and of 17% in inspection rates when using PSP.
About the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Jan. 1, 2000. Its primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. To learn more about FMCSA, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
About NIC Federal, LLC
NIC Federal partners with U.S. federal departments and agencies to transform how citizens and businesses interact with government. Focused on delivering a comprehensive user experience, NIC Federal builds digital services and solutions that exceed the expectations of government and its constituents. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NIC Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV). For more information, please visit www.nicfederal.com.
About NIC Inc.
NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) launched the digital government industry in 1992, and continues to lead it, providing a secure payment engine and thousands of digital government solutions across a network of more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition, NIC is a leading provider of outdoor recreation solutions, with 1 out of 6 hunting and fishing licenses in the United States sold using an NIC service. The company created the nation’s first personal assistant for government and comprehensive mobile platform, Gov2Go®, as well as the innovative, data-driven prescription drug monitoring platform, RxGov®. More information is available at www.egov.com.