The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finally released a rule establishing a national drug and alcohol clearhouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The rule will go into effect January 4, 2017.
Once the rule becomes effective, motor carrier employers will require background checks for current or prospective employees who have unresolved drug or alcohol violations. These violations will ultimately prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Additionally, motor carriers, administrators, and medical review officers will be requires to report any driver who tests positive for drugs or alcohol, refuses drug or alcohol testing, or admit themselves into a rehabilitation process.
With the implementation of these rules, the FMCSA hopes to ensure the safety of truck drivers and other motor vehicle drivers, and prevent crashes due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.