Improving the Hiring Process: FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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On December 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver license holders (CDL).

The clearinghouse will act as a central repository for drivers’ positive test results, refusals to test and other such federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Once fully operational the clearinghouse will significantly improve safety and help expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers.

Top 10 Most-Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Accident Testing

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Post-Accident, or For Cause, testing refers to the performance of a drug and alcohol test on employees involved in accidents occurring during work time or on company property.

Companies that implement an effective post-accident drug screening program can boost workplace safety, save on insurance costs and reduce legal liability and other costs associated with workplace accidents.

Entry Level Driver Training – A Long Time Coming

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new rules on December 8, 2016 that require entry-level drivers to complete special training designed to ensure that they are competent and prepared to maneuver an 80,000 lb commercial motor vehicle safely before they can take their skills test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

These new training requirements will change the way motor carriers qualify inexperienced drivers, how insurers rate these drivers and how many new drivers enter the transportation industry.

Final Trucking Rules Spearhead a Positive Outlook for 2017 [Podcast]

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Several important rules were announced at the end of December 2016 that will positively affect motor carriers.

Bill Sullivan, Executive Vice President Advocacy for the American Trucking Associations reviews the recently published rules and what trucking may expect from the new administration.

Topics covered include: the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, entry-level driver training, hours-of-service restart and key advocacy priorities for 2017.