How Relevant is Employee Screening for Transport Companies?

It's outrageous to me, or better yet, that in this day and age, the idea of employee screening programs still have the lingering stigma of a subversive process. I bring this up specifically, b/c I manage a site that produces information, including products and services specifically for employee screening and employee background checks, and during my day today I found myself in a conversation with a gentleman that works for a company that transports goods all over the country. Upon revealing, quite innocently, that I worked for an employee screening firm, the conversation turned adversarial. First and foremost is the utter misinformation most people have about employee screening, that laws actually regulate the process, and to a degree, some information is not allowed to be included on many reports. All this meant nothing to the person I was talking to and as the conversation moved forward I could see he was a person rooted in the belief that things like screening and background checks were related to a far more sinister conspiracy. Nothing I could note about the changing dynamics of transport distribution, the rise of terrorism, massive problems connected to poorly tracked inventory, and more importantly, case after case about issues relating from transport vehicles operated by employees that were not properly screened. My question to anyone is what are your feelings about the value of employee screening? Be honest. Also, do you run into these issues?

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