Past Violations and Tickets Policy*
No prospective applicant shall be employed by the BSL EXPRESS TRUCKING, INC., if the applicant, based upon a review of the drivers proposal for qualification, criminal background and motor vehicle record(s) has:
- Driving history that indicates a lack of regard for motor vehicle laws, regulations, or safe driving practices. This review is not limited to a set length of time and must include all history that is reflected on the motor vehicle record and criminal background. Even if the prospective driver’s history meets the criteria listed below, the entire history must still be considered when making final hiring decisions.
- Less than 22 years of age.
- Less than two years of verifiable experience driving a class A (tractor/ trailer) commercial vehicle, with the driving experience during the one or more years having been the primary job function of the applicant.
- Convicted of a DWI/DUI involving either alcohol or drugs within the past five years while operating any motor vehicle. Per DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY First (1st) Offense Violation/ ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY – BSL Express Trucking, Inc. will provide writing and verbal notification and communicate to the safety-function employee that they are official terminated, as the company will not tolerate any violation(s) of this policy.
- Tested positive for drugs or alcohol in the workplace.
- Refused to be tested for alcohol or drugs, including the refusal to allow legitimate law enforcement personnel or employers to test.
- Convicted of three or more traffic violations within any 12-month period within the past three years, as reflected on the motor vehicle record or records (MVR), and/or application. This includes safety belt violations.
- Any one of the following traffic violations within the past three years:
a. Reckless or careless driving
b. Following too closely / assured clear distance
c. Leaving or fleeing the scene of an accident
- More than one of the following traffic violations within the past three years, or combination of more than one:
a. Speeding of 15 mph or more of the posted speed limit (while driving a commercial vehicle),
b. Improper or erratic traffic lane changes (while driving a commercial vehicle)
c. Reckless or careless driving as defined by the State or Local Law.
- License suspended or revoked within the past three years for any single traffic violation or combination of violations. Administrative convictions for such things as failure to renew insurance, failure to appear, failure to pay child support, etc. Will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Any accident within the past three years that also resulted in a conviction for a traffic violation. Does not apply to non-moving administrative violations such as expired tag, equipment defect, no proof of insurance, etc.
- Motor vehicle record or records (MVR) reflects two or more accidents within the past five years, regardless of fault.
- Must be able to sit and remain alert while driving for an aggregate period of up to 11 hours.
- Must be able to shift manual transmission and operate foot pedals.
- Must be able to perform occasional squatting to handle and position freight.
- Must be able to perform occasional crouching to handle and position freight.
- Must be able to enter and exit the vehicle’s cab eight to ten times a day. Cab floor level is generally from 36 to 66 inches above ground level, with entry and exit achieved with the assistance of various configurations of steps and handholds; also requires occasional bending, twisting, climbing, squatting, crouching and balancing.
- Must be able to perform frequent pushing, pulling and carrying of freight weighing well over 100 pounds.
- Must be able to frequently reach for freight at waist level and occasionally reach for freight above shoulder height or below waist level.
- Must be able to occasionally reach above shoulder level, at waist level and below waist level for maneuvering and directing for controls to operate the truck.
- Must be able to load and unload full trailers of freight weighing as much as 50,000 pounds. This could involve moving heavy containers to and from floor level to carts, stacks, conveyors or platforms, over four feet high, balancing drums on their rims and rolling them into position or stowing cartons or other merchandise overhead.
- Must be able to install and remove tire chains when required due to inclement weather.
- Must be able to spend significant portions of the day standing and walking on surfaces such as concrete, wood and metal, and sometimes on slippery and wet surfaces.
- Must be able to hook/unhook various commercial vehicle combinations, manually lower and raise landing gear, operate the fifth wheel release lever, lock and release pintle-hooks, attach and release safety chains, open and close cargo doors, climb into and out of vehicles, fuel vehicles and check engine oil and coolant levels.
Pets are prohibited from riding in any company and/or leased vehicles. In some instances, with written permission, exceptions can be made.