Arizona has developed a DataQ appeal board. John Backowski of Contracted Driver Services, Inc. explained the program which he was instrumental in developing at the ATA Safety & Human Resources Conference.
The panel consists of 4 Highway Patrol officers and 1 industry representative and meets on a weekly basis. Decisions are by majority rule.
Only Arizona violations can be appealed. Moving violations are not subject to appeal. Appeals are only available for Data Q challenges that are closed (“no action taken”).
Since its inception in January, 2011 through August, 2011, of the 83 challenges reviewed, 21 were overturned. This is a 21% reversal rate.
The Arizona system provides a mechanicism for review of Data Q decisions. This is a mechanicism for consideration by other jurisdictions.