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New Rule Will create a central database for verified positive drug and alcohol test results of CDL holders and refusals by drivers to submit to testing.
“FMCSA proposes to establish the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency’s administration that will contain controlled substances (drug) and alcohol test result information for the holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). The proposed rule would require FMCSA-regulated motor carrier employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), and consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs) supporting U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) testing programs to 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 …”
Report Recommends Expanding and Improving Data.
Arlington, VA (February 4, 2014): Daphne Izer, Founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) responded to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program. Izer states, “The GAO report agrees with CSA’s data driven, risk based approach. Additionally, the report confirms FMCSA’s claim that the CSA program has helped the agency contact or investigate more motor carrier companies and that it is an improvement over the previous system, SafeStat.”
Izer continued, “The GAO’s recommendations will help CSA to become a sharper, more useable tool.”
John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), and a member of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) Subcommittee on CSA, adds, “As FMCSA improves the CSA program and expands its information and data collection, we encourage FMCSA to ensure that the results produce greater oversight for both large and small carriers. In order to perpetuate the safety focused culture engendered by CSA’s creation, we support FMCSA continuing to allow public access to CSA information.”
Download the Press Release here: Truck Safety Advocates Respond to GAO Report on FMCSA’s CSA Program (PDF)