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2 OOIDA lawsuits over challenged driver data consolidated, to move forward

Violations were dismissed in court but FMCSA refused to remove the violations from its data.

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Two lawsuits filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) over driver violations dismissed by courts but not changed by FMCSA have been consolidated, the group’s Land Line Magazine reported.

At issue are two different violations found during roadside inspections which were challenged in court and which were later dismissed by the courts.

When the two drivers tried to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove the violations from driver records maintained by the agency, FMCSA refused.

Both the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) and its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program store the data, which in the case of PSP is used by motor carriers for hiring purposes and in the case of CSA can be used by shippers to decide which carriers to do business with.  

The motion to consolidate the two lawsuits (one in 2012 and one in 2013) was approved in late April.

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