drug testing

Bill would expand trucker drug testing options to hair samples

Both chambers of Congress introduced recently a bill that would allow trucking companies the option to drug test their drivers via hair sample rather than urine sample to satisfy federal drug testing requirements.

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Random drug testing of truckers to continue at 50 percent rate

Random drug testing rates for truck operators will remain at 50 percent, FMCSA announced recently.

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Clearinghouse rule comments: OOIDA wants protection in reporting, carrier groups want expansion

OOIDA says the rule needs safeguards against carrier reporting measures, while groups like ATA are pushing for an expansion of the ability of carriers to report drug or alcohol violations to FMCSA's database.

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Carrier groups want expansion of drug database rule, petition FMCSA

Some trucking and enforcement groups have asked FMCSA to expand its drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule to require carriers to report “actual knowledge” of drug use by drivers. OOIDA says such "unverifiable" information should not be used against a driver.

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FMCSA extends comment period on driver database rule, per OOIDA request

The public comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule has been extended a month to May 21, spurred by a request from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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Proposed drug and alcohol driver database rule published, FMCSA accepting comment

FMCSA published Feb. 20 its proposed rule for establishing a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test — dubbed the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse — and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal until April 21.

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Driver database rule made official: FMCSA unveils rule to implement drug/alcohol clearinghouse

A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.

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

A rule that would implement a driver database detailing drivers' history of failed drug and alcohol test has been approved by the White House. The rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices still hasn't been cleared.

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Synthetic marijuana to be classified as controlled drug, illegal for drivers to possess

The DEA announced it will classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, thereby making truck operators who use synthetic marijuana and fail a drug test as no longer disqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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Drug testing for truckers via hair progresses as Senate, House introduce bills

Companion bills that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize hair testing as an option for carrier compliance of drug testing requirements for truck drivers were introduced this week in the House and the Senate.

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