New Database for Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a final rule that will create a national drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse for commercial driver license (CDL) holders who operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Under the rule, drivers will be added to the clearinghouse if they test positive for drugs or refuse to perform a test required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Then, employers will be able to review the testing history of applicants, drivers who work for more than one motor carrier and long-term employees.

Once the clearinghouse has been created, employers will be required to do the following:

  • Search the clearinghouse at least once every year for current drivers.
  • Review the system for any information on driver applicants.

The agency has stated that the rule will assist employers in determining whether a driver needs to begin or continue a return-to-service process before driving a CMV. And, although the final rule becomes effective on Jan. 4, 2017, compliance with it will not be required until Jan. 6, 2020.
For more information on the final rule, call us today and ask to see our compliance bulletin, “FMCSA Creates National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Testing.”