The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that will establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license holders. (CDL)
Once the clearinghouse is established, motor carrier employers will be required to query the system for information concerning current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle. It will also require employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.
The final rule requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third party administrators and substance abuse professionals to report information about drivers who:
Motor carriers will be required to annually search the clearinghouse for current employees and during the pre-employment process.
The national drug and alcohol clearinghouse final rule goes into effect in January 2020. To view the final rule, click here.