By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision
In North America, at any given time, 7% of all drivers have a suspended license. Of those drivers, 75% of them continue to drive on a suspended license. When an employee with a suspended license continues to operate a vehicle, the risk to the company grows exponentially.
Driving-related grounds for suspension can vary by state, but generally, the following offenses will result in a driver’s license suspension:
• Reckless driving
• Careless driving
• Leaving the scene of an accident
• Accumulation of traffic tickets
• Assault of another motorist
• Multiple violations of DUI
These types of license suspensions are very serious and are often accompanied by additional fines, potential legal action and large risk to the company employing the driver. A manager should take immediate corrective action with the driver upon report of the suspension.
License suspensions in relation to non-driving offenses are oftentimes unknown and can be missed by employers. It is also not uncommon for a driver to be completely unaware of his or her non-driving license suspension.
Some common non-driving related violations are:
• Failure to pay a fine or appear in court
• Non-driving related drug violations
• Unpaid child support
• Defaulting on student loans
There are also a few interesting and less common ways to obtain a license suspension:
• Writing bad checks (Indiana)
• Boating while intoxicated (Alaska, California, Texas, Utah)
• Vandalism (California)
• Advocating to overthrow the government (New York)
• Operating an amusement ride while intoxicated (Texas)
Driving-related suspensions are significant red flags that can indicate a risky driver; however, non-driving suspensions do not always imply higher driver risk. Should a fleet manager act on a driver with a non-driving license suspension?
An unlicensed driver that continues to operate puts an organization at risk for a Negligent Entrustment Lawsuit, regardless of the reason for suspension. Employers have a duty to know what is in their driver’s history prior to putting the driver on the road.
Continuous driver license monitoring gives employers and drivers updates on license status and will alert an employer if a license is suspended in real-time regardless of the type of suspension. Learn more about how license suspensions can put your organization at risk and how to avoid those risks in SuperVision’s latest white paper Risky Drivers: How to Spot the Red Flags.