Keeping Unsafe Drivers off the Road with the New CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
To advance the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), FMCSA requires CMV drivers and their employers to follow certain rules regarding drug and alcohol testing. These requirements address the frequency of testing, which substances to test for, evaluation and treatment programs, and reporting violations. These measures are in place to ensure the safety of all vehicle operators and passengers.
Drivers who violate these rules may be prohibited from operating a CMV.
Up until January 2020, this system depended greatly on employees to self-report their violations, and on previous employers to report such information upon request during pre-employment screenings. This system proved to be time-consuming and opened the door for inaccuracies in reporting.
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