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Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Why was this program created?

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Why was this program created?

The aim of FMCSA`s Commercial Driver`s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is to improve the security on US roadways. Its reliable online database will provide real time information concerning CDL driver drug and alcohol program infractions to FMCSA, State law enforcement workers, State Driver Licensing Agencies and employers.

What data will be contained in the Clearinghouse?

All CDL driver drug and alcohol program infractions, such as:
- Declining to submit to a requested drug or alcohol test;
- Test positive for consume of certain medicines;
- Consumption of alcohol while is conducting a safety sensitive function, such as driving, or within four hours of conducting this function.
- Consumption of alcohol within eight hours of a collision or until is perform a post collision test.
- While reporting for duty or during the duty for safety sensitive function with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 or higher or while using any type of drug indicated in the regulations, besides those prescribed by doctor.

Who the Clearinghouse`s information will affect:

- All CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads, such as:
• Intrastate and interstate motor carriers
• Passenger drivers
• School bus driver
• Limousine drivers
• Construction equipment operators
• Municipal vehicle drivers ((e.g., waste management vehicles)
• more;
- CDL drivers` employers;
- CDL drivers` service agents;
- Federal and other organizations that employ drivers subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol use testing regulations such as:
• Department of Defense
• Municipalities
• School districts

Thanks to Clearinghouse it will be easier for employers to proceed with a background check regarding a new driver, making it harder for a driver with a record of drug infraction to hide this information from a new employer. By the other hand, it will give an important resource for enforcement staff to work.
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Edic.: 151
Autor: El Trailero Magazine
Date: 2/2020