How to File a Complaint on a Driver

by Tiffany Raiford
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Driving is something most people do on a regular basis. When you are a passenger in a vehicle or you are on the road with other drivers, you want to know you are safe from the careless and erratic driving of others. Unfortunately, you cannot control how other people drive. What you can control is the ability to file a complaint against a driver not practicing safe driving. If you witness careless driving as a passenger or as a passer-by, you should report it immediately.

Step 1

File a complaint about a truck driver by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at 888-368-7238. Provide the FMCSA with the driver's identification number and location -- identification numbers are typically located on the back of the truck or on the driver-side door. If you are unsure where to find the ID number, you can use the license plate number instead.

Step 2

Obtain the name and cab number of your taxi driver if you believe you have cause to file a complaint about his behavior or driving. Call the cab company and provide the name and number of the driver, which are listed on his credentials on the window partition in the vehicle.

Step 3

Call your limousine company to file a complaint about your limo driver. Provide your name and the date and location of your service, as well as your complaint.

Step 4

Write down any complaints you have against a driving instructor at a driving school or DMV and file your written complaint with the Driver Instructional Services Division of your state's Department of Transportation. Provide the name of the instructor, the location of your classes, the date of the incident and your contact information.

Step 5

Report a bad civilian driver to the police immediately. If you notice a vehicle driving erratically, swerving in and out of traffic, driving too fast, not obeying the law or endangering himself and everyone else on the road in any way, call 911 immediately. Tell the 911 operator everything you can about the reckless driver, including the make and model of the vehicle, the color of the vehicle, the tag number and your location. You need to know the road on which the reckless driver is traveling, the direction the driver is traveling and your approximate location (using a mile marker or major landmark).

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