Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Clearinghouse will become operational on January 6, 2020. Clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers to report to the Clearinghouse information related to violations of drug and alcohol regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 40 and 382.
What is the Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is an online database that will contain records of violations of drug and alcohol, including positive drug or alcohol test results, verification of a CDL driver's completed steps in the DOT return-to-duty process.
What it means for carriers?
As a Carrier who employs CDL drivers you will need to sign up for Clearinghouse by the deadline, to comply with the rule. Employers will be required to conduct both electronic queries and traditional manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the three-year time frame. Employers who employ more than one driver will have an option to designate C/TPA in Clearinghouse to do the reporting and generating queries on their behalf, but if you are an owner-operator—an employer that employs himself or herself as a CDL driver, typically a single-driver operation—must designate the C/TPA in the Clearinghouse.
What it means for CDL drivers?
CDL holders will need to sign up to be able to give consent to a potential employer or current employer to access details about any drug and alcohol program violations, and select a Substance Abuse Professional, if needed.
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