FMCSA “clearinghouse rule” to increase safety and improve hiring process- 03 Feb
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has finalized a rule that will create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all commercial driver license (CDL) holders.
This clearinghouse is a central electronic database that will house records of all drug and alcohol violations. The purpose of this clearinghouse is to help improve safety and expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers. It will also help prevent CDL holders with positive test results from moving to another state where records would not follow them.
Violations such as positive drug/alcohol test results, refusals to test, and other federal violations of drug and alcohol testing regulations will be kept in the database.
The database will only contain violations that occur on or after the rule’s implementation date of January 4, 2020.
American Trucking Association Chairman Kevin Burch said, “This clearinghouse will give carriers like mine peace of mind to know we are putting safe–and sober–drivers behind the wheel and on the road.”
“Having information about a driver’s history is important to carriers when we make hiring decisions.”
Jack Van Steenburg, the Chief Safety Officer for the FMCSA, said that this national drug and alcohol test database will be “a winner for the industry”.
CDL holders to help improve safety and expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers. Positive test results, refusals to test and other federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations will be housed in this database.
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