By Kristen Wakulchuk


A background check can reveal a number of things about a prospective employee. It can give you an overview of their criminal history, confirm whether or not their education and employment histories are accurate, and in some cases, inform you of what kind of driver they are.


Will the Employee Be Driving on the Job?

When a prospective employee will be driving for some or all of their workday, it is a good idea to perform a motor vehicle check on that person before hiring them. If you notice a prospective employee has traffic violations on their driving record, you may be wondering whether this is a big deal and should impact your hiring decision. The answer to this question is “it depends.” If they will be working for your company as a truck driver, taxi driver, bus driver, delivery driver or driving is part of their job, you should be concerned.

After all, you don’t want to hire someone who will be driving customers and clients around and has a track record of speeding, running red lights, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and/or other serious violations. If they continue to drive like this while they are on the job, you put yourself at risk for a damaged reputation. As always, it is important to consider multiple factors.

What is the Frequency and Severity of the Traffic Violations?

It’s important to keep frequency and severity in mind when looking at a prospective employee’s driving record. If they received one speeding ticket a few years ago and the rest of their record is clean, you probably don’t need to be concerned. However, if they have had countless traffic violations, including some severe ones like DUIs, hiring them is risky.

What if the Employee Will Not Be Driving on the Job?

Should you care about a prospective employee’s traffic violations if they won’t be driving on the job. This also depends. Some employers may be indifferent while others may view them as a risk and refrain from hiring them. In any case, a motor vehicle report should only be obtained in cases when driving is related to the job. Your industry, as well as company size and culture, will dictate the answer to this question.


Contact Chane Solutions

For more information on traffic violations and how they should influence your hiring decisions, we encourage you to reach out to Chane Solutions. Contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!




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