THE PROMPT Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Volume 3, No. 3, March 2011

Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 3, No. 3, March 2011


Driver Selection: Motor Vehicle Records

Vehicle accidents cost you money in many ways: physical damage to third party vehicles or your vehicle, bodily injury claims, workers’ compensation and legal defense costs, lost time, lost sales, and damages to your image.
Avoiding accidents by hiring safe drivers is a sound management decision, and a good loss-prevention practice. Statistics show drivers with a history of moving violations and vehicle accidents are more likely to have additional violations and accidents.

The first step in evaluating a prospective employee’s driving record is verifying the individual has a valid driver’s license. Next, obtain a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) for the previous three years. You might require prospective employees to supply their own MVR and turn it in with their application, or contact the agency responsible for these records directly.

Evaluation of the MVR is very important. Management should establish written criteria for evaluating the driver’s records as part of the screening process. Bear in mind these criteria must be applied uniformly throughout the organization for all drivers. Many companies follow guidelines based on a “point system.” Points are assigned to violations and they accumulate for a three year period. Employees who reach an unacceptable number of points are removed from driving duties, or undergo predetermined corrective measures.

Violations that present a substantial liability exposure:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • License revocation or suspension
  • Reckless driving where bodily injury or property damage results
  • Hit and run incidents

Violations that present moderate liability exposure, if a pattern of violations is shown:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Operating an unregistered vehicle
  • Using false registration or license
  • Driving while license is under suspension

Employees’ MVRs should be reviewed annually. Monitor driving habits to ensure your drivers maintain safe driving records. A deteriorating driving record may indicate the need for additional training, counselling, or suspension of business-related driving privileges.

One word of caution: seek legal advice prior to implementing an MVR program, to ensure compliance with laws pertaining to the use of MVRs in hiring practices.

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BC Chapter Spring Meeting
March 7
at the River Rock Casino Resort

CARI’s 70th Annual CARI Convention
June 23–25
at the Fairmont Whistler
in Whistler, British Columbia

BC Chapter Golf Tournament
August 17
at the Richmond Country Club

CARI’s Annual Golf Tournament
August 18
at the Legends on the Niagara

Quebec Chapter Golf Tournament
September 8
Location to be determined

CARI’s 14th Annual Consumers’ Night
October 24
at the Fairmont Royal York
in Toronto

For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner at (905) 426-9313


March 23–25
Budapest, Hungary
11th International Automobile Recycling Congress

Apr. 5–9
Los Angeles, USA
ISRI Annual Convention and Exposition
Phone: 919-563-5291
Email: cstann [at]

Apr. 7–8
Brussels, Belgium
3rd World Lead Conference
Phone: +44 (0) 20-7779-7999

Apr. 21–22
Hangzhou, China
China International Scrap Conference 2nd Overseas Supplier and Domestic Consignee Fair

May 22–25
BIR 2011 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition

September 21–23 Venice, Italy
16th International Congress for Battery Recycling



Canadian Association of Recycling Industries(CARI-ACIR)
Association Canadienne Des Industries du Recyclage
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Ajax, Ontario
Canada L1S 4S2
Tel: 905 426-9313
Fax: 905 426-9314
Contact: Donna

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