Driver database rule clears White House, e-log rule delayed

| January 28, 2014

drug testA rule implementing a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug or alcohol test has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and likely will be published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within the next several weeks. 

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The drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule will establish the database and require carriers to upload a driver’s information when he or she fails or refuses to take a drug test. Carriers could then query the database, with written approval from a driver, to screen drivers when making hires.

The OMB approved the rule Jan. 27. But the rule was expected to clear the OMB Jan. 17, per a Department of Transportation report — the same day a rule mandating use of electronic logging devices was predicted to be approved by OMB.

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The e-log rule, however, still has not cleared OMB.

The DOT’s report was issued Jan. 10 and said the proposed clearinghouse rule was expected to be published in the Federal Register Jan. 29. 

The same report said that the e-log rule would likely be published Jan. 31. However, given the delay in clearance from the OMB, neither rule is expected to be published on those dates. 

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  • Rooster

    Lick yur lips and pucker up boys! Only the best @ss kissers will survive! So ya wanna drive a truck hey?

  • Ken Nilsen

    I think the drug and alcohol database is long overdue. It amazes me they waited this long to do it. I also like the fact that it requires written approval from the driver to access the information.

  • Spence

    You got that right.

  • Wallace

    I agree. Only those who have something to hide will be against it. Professional truck drivers don’t do drugs.

  • Sportsbozo1

    Good luck guys and gals. After 25 years I am no longer hamstrung in my new field of endeavor by laws and more laws compounded by more and more regulations! FMSCA can GFTS!

  • BoatHauler

    If you have nothing to hide ,you have nothing to lose .
    It would only make the roads safer for all!

  • easymoney

    Well we have people making the laws an rules
    that use the every same drugs as their testing for.
    CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

  • TEAPARTY

    MOST OF YOU JUST DO NOT GET IT, OUR FREEDOM AND RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY MORE EVERY DAY. THEY WANT YOU TO BE WE NEED SAFER THIS AND THAT BUT THE REALITY IS THEY WANT CLOSER TIES ON WHAT YOU AND I ARE DOING.
    FYI: COLORADO AND WASHINGTON OPENLY ALLOW YOU TO SMOKE DOPE THEN DRIVE, WHY, TAX MONEY….OH BY THE WAY IF YOUR A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER AND GET CAUGHT YOUR IN BIG TROUBLE. LESS FREEDOM FOR US AND MORE CONTROL FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS TAXES….

  • David S. McQueen

    The “delay” by the White House (OMB which is headed by an Obama political appointee) is deliberate. The mid-term elections in 9 months do not bode well for a scandal-ridden president or the Democrat Party, so Obama will delay any major regulatory change until after November. The ELD NPRM will not come out this year (I predict) because it would require significant expense to small carriers that do not currently have E-log systems installed. Yes, the LAW mandates e-logs but, hey, when has the LAW stopped Obama from doing exactly what he wants?

  • bigred

    LOL, Professional truck drivers is a label you new guys need to get into this business. Before long you will find you are nothing but a DAMN Truck driver. You and your school can try and glamorize this business all you want, still gonna be the same ending.

  • TEAPARTTY

    I just got my renewal notice for my health insurance premium. Guess what, since Obamacare was implemented my renewal just increased $214.00 per month and no we did not have any medical bills this year for this to jump. OH THANK YOU GREAT LEADER FOR SCREWING US THAT WORK HARD AND LONG HOURS. He wants all of us to be closer in pay and benefits, then why is he only commenting on those in the lower class (that get government help already) and UNIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHA GREAT LEADER !!!!!

  • Brad

    Lets face it Truck Drivers are SCABS. Hands down end of conversation. Next!

  • David S. McQueen

    And the Teamsters are Marxists in bed with their beloved Komrad Obama.

  • MarsRiver

    I gave you a thumbs up on your commentary, however, can you point me in the direction where I might find that e-logs have become “law”? I’m feeling like something flew by me unaware.

  • Ken Helton

    it’s not law

  • MarsRiver

    Thanks, Ken. I thought something went down and it got by me.

  • David S. McQueen

    The Transportation Bill of 2012 was signed into law by Obama in Aug. 2012. It mandated the use of ELD and directed the FMCSA to promulgate regulations to implement that requirement.

  • Stormy

    www. eobr . org? True, false or in what order I have no clue. Google search is bringing in zippo on it. Confused??, I certainly am.

  • g

    The citizens may have uttered that WIMPY statement “if we have nothing to hide” in germany when the SS was taking over. In AMERICA(who kicked Germany’s ass) we USED to stand UP for our RIGHTS and utter “it is NONE of these cops Business” as American Citizens we have RIGHTS and we need to Protect our rights….even if you DO have something to hide. YOU want these COPS to search your daughter’s Panties? If she has nothing to HIDE it should be FINE with a WIMP like YOU?

  • g

    Yea…Butt Kisser Heaven today

  • g

    Many are leaving along with you and rightfully so.