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So, you want to know more about the people spending 8-plus hours working alongside you... Do a Google search for “background screening” and you’ll retrieve 11 million results. Search for “background screening companies” and the result is a paltry 6.5 million links.

I’ve written before about how gratifying it is to me personally to know that iiX, and particularly our committed team, consistently provides excellent service and value to our customers. Each year we conduct a survey and our customers consistently tell us so. In fact, we’ve been surveying customers for 16 years straight – and we’ve achieved an average rating of 96 percent in overall customer satisfaction

An updated iiX analysis confirms that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have continued to increase over the past decade, during which time state registry fees reached a cumulative 50 percent rise nationwide. Across the country, the average MVR fee stood at $9.64 as of January 1, 2017, compared with roughly $6.50 ten years ago.

In 2014, in the United States, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 were injured in police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks. Seven percent of the fatal crashes involved a truck hitting the rear of another vehicle. In an effort to reduce crashes, a number of trucks are currently equipped with crash avoidance systems (CAS) which alert drivers to impending conflicts with objects and may initiate automatic emergency braking (AEB).

They’re called self-driving, driverless, autonomous, and highly automated vehicles. According to CB Insights, as of August 2016, nearly 33 companies—both start-ups and household names—are devoting resources to developing self-driving vehicles. Thousands of engineers are working on this new technology. Before long, self-driving cars and trucks will become an integral part of package deliveries and trucking.

Driving a truck or delivery van is a demanding job. Fatigue and the risk of falling asleep (drowsiness) behind the wheel are just two dangers truck drivers face on the road, and those risks are keeping fleet owners awake at night.

As anticipated, it appears that the Texas Driver Monitoring Service (DRMS) is on track to launch by early 2017, according to what we are being told by the state. The program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driving records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver’s license status change or a new moving violation.

iiX’s parent company, Verisk Analytics, was recently recognized by Forbes magazine as one of its Just 100: America’s Best Corporate Citizens. This distinguishing honor is accompanied by being named by Forbes for a second consecutive year as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and also named by the magazine as one of America’s Best Employers. This places us among the ranks of many well-known companies.

Reviewing a driver’s motor vehicle report (MVR) can help you make a good hiring decision. But waiting 12 months to find out if you were right can put your entire operation at serious risk.

A new analysis by iiX finds that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have increased an average of almost 50 percent during the past ten years. Nationwide, as of January 1, 2016, the average MVR fee will stand at $9.50, compared with $6.48 in 2005.

As a business owner, fleet executive, or risk and safety manager, you want your drivers to make safe driving a top priority and are probably well aware of the associated costs, liabilities, and other negative effects that unsafe driving can have on your business.

When it comes to FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) compliance, sometimes the devil is in the details. You’ve been diligent about following the rules regarding your employee background screenings and think you’re in compliance, but that may not be the case.

Background checks are a smart investment in protecting your employees, customers, and vendors, because they can help reduce the chance of workplace violence by weeding out job candidates who may pose a threat before they are on the job.

As reported late last year, iiX was selected to participate in a pilot of the Texas Driver Record Monitoring Service (DRMS). The DRMS program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driver records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver license status change or a new moving violation.

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