I just had an interesting conversation with a colleague that brought to mind some important points in the employment process for CDL drivers. It is extremely important that certain steps are completed before allowing a prospective driver to get behind the wheel. A company should make absolutely certain that a driver is qualified to operate the commercial vehicle that is being presented to them. A current MVR and a negative query of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is important but the proper class of license as well as the lack of any restrictions should be determined. If a driver is allowed to operate a manual transmission vehicle with an automatic transmission restriction, that is a problem. Throw in the fact that it has air brakes and the CDL has an air brake restriction and an intrastate only restriction (K in PA) and you are in the mountains in West Virginia on route 68 and that is surely a problem. Do your due diligence and protect yourself.
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