ATA seeks action on national clearinghouse

| July 05, 2012

The American Trucking Associations on Tuesday, July 3, called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation to continue making progress toward a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results for commercial drivers.

“ATA is pleased that both DOT and FMCSA are committed to improving truck and highway safety through stepped-up enforcement and through focused drug and alcohol inspections,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves wrote in a July 2 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “However, I continue to be very disappointed with the lack of tangible progress by DOT and FMCSA on a national drug and alcohol test results clearinghouse.”

ATA, in addition to being a strident supporter of drug and alcohol testing, says it has lobbied FMCSA and Congress for the past several years to establish a clearinghouse for test results in order to close a loophole in the rules and prevent “job hopping” by drivers who violate the drug and alcohol rules. FMCSA has told Congress they intend to create such a clearinghouse, and Congress, as part of the recently passed highway bill, in effect has ordered the agency to proceed.

“ATA supports increased enforcement of the drug and alcohol regulations,” Graves said. “The long overdue national clearinghouse will be a far more effective way to address the ongoing problem of some commercial drivers evading testing program rules.”

  • Marty Marsh

    Here we go,let me tell you what ATA is really saying here.
    Because we do not pay a livable wage and have no intensions of doing so,we certainly can not keep drivers,so,Mr Lahood being that we are the money men of the trucking industry we would like for you to come up with some law that makes it against the law to change jobs.We also don’t care what you come up with as long as we get to keep our slaves.
    Now this is what I say.
    There is no big drug problem in the trucking industry,yes there are those that will use no matter what profession they are in,and I mean any.But the vast majority knows the value of there Lic,this is how they feed their families and pay their bills.This is just a bunch of bogus BS to help these clowns and others like them to keep drivers they will never keep.
    To make this really simple,if everyone has to play by ATA rules you haven’t seen nothing yet when it comes to a driver shortage.
    Mr Graver,Lincoln freed the slaves.

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