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July 24, 2014 12:20 PM, EDT
FMCSA Sued Over Information in Driver Inspection Reports

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “intentionally or willfully” improperly disseminated truck-driver inspection reports that contain references to violations not classified as “serious driver-related safety violations,” according to a lawsuit filed by six independent owner-operator truck drivers.

In a class action lawsuit filed July 18 in U.S. District Court in Boston, the drivers alleged that by statute FMCSA can only provide access to Pre-Employment Screening Program driver records that contain vehicle accident reports, no driver-related safety violations and serious driver-related safety violation reports.

VIEW THE COMPLAINT: Via OOIDA.com (PDF)

The drivers said that their PSP records include such violations as speeding, failure to use a seat belt, incorrect record of duty status, unlawful parking and excessive weight.

“FMCSA’s action was designed to compromise or impair the drivers’ ability to secure gainful employment with good wages and benefits within the trucking industry,” the lawsuit alleged.

FMCSA declined to comment.