Andrew writes in:
I just got offered a potential PA job pending a drivers license check, and I was wondering what the requirements are that production companies look for regarding license checks.
Most of the time, they just want to make sure that you have a license (and insurance), so they can send you on runs.
I’ve never heard of anyone not getting a job after one of those driving record checks. I suppose if you have a ton of accidents, or have a history of driving while intoxicated during work hours,1 or something like that, it might be a problem. But I’m pretty sure if you’ve only been in a couple of fender-benders, you’ll be fine.
You will be driving a lot, but remember, you are not a teamster. You don’t need a special license. On a lower budget, non-union show, you might be asked to drive a shuttle van, but if the production obeys the law, it won’t be over 12 passengers.
Speaking of pass vans, Kim commented the other day:
A producer just asked me if I had ever driven a 15 seater Pass van as a PA before hiring me. I said no. Should i report this to someone?
As far as I know, simply asking the question isn’t illegal. In fact, I’m not sure what kind of liability is involved when your employer tells you to do something you’re not licensed to do. Certainly, you can be held accountable for driving with more passengers than you’re allowed.
Saying no was the right thing to do. If you didn’t get the job, that’s lame. But not nearly as lame as if you were driving around 15 people, and then got ticketed for not holding a Class P license.
But should you report it? I don’t even know who you’d report it to. Nothing has happened, yet.
Side note: if this is the sleaziest thing a producer has ever asked you, you’re way ahead of the game.
- Maybe not even then. I worked for a UPM who used to joke about spilling his martini on his lap when he had to stop suddenly in traffic.↩