DRUG AND ALCOHOL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR CDL HOLDERS RULE APPROACHES FINAL STOP

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A drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders will be created under a rule that is at its final stop before becoming legally binding.

The FMCSA has sent the rule to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. The FMCSA published the proposed rule in February 2014.

According to the proposed rule, the clearinghouse will be a database under the FMCSA’s administration where regulated motor carrier employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), and consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs) will report verified positive, adulterated, and substituted drug test results, positive alcohol test results, test refusals, negative return-to-duty test results, and information on follow-up testing.

Employers must also report “actual knowledge of traffic citations for driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.” The FMCSA says the rule will ensure drivers who have tested positive complete the DOT’s return-to-duty process before driving again.

 

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