With states laws on marijuana use increasingly at odds with federal law, questions are popping up for carriers, drivers and trucking trade groups about driver drug testing laws and whether state action to legalize marijuana mean anything for the trucking industry. I covered the topic last week on Overdrive, which you can read at this link. In the podcast above and below, Joe Rajkovacz, of the Western States Trucking Association, and Tim Doyle, VP of the Maine Motor Transport Association, discuss the latest on driver drug testing through the lens of state-level action on legalizing marijuana. Maine and California, where Rajkovacz’s WSTA is based, have legalized marijuana outright. What’s more, Maine has taken action to forbid employers from firing workers for testing positive for marijuana use. Do these laws have any bearing on trucking and, specifically, drivers? Listen here to see what Rajkovacz and Doyle say on the issue.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.
The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. For older vehicles, CARB says they must be either replaced with a 2011 or newer vehicle or repowered with a 2010 or newer engine.