FMCSA looks to crack down on DOT violators

On April 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register, proposing new licensing rules. Specifically, the FMCSA aims to create limits on State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to issue, renew, upgrade, or transfer commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) or commercial learner’s … Continued

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FMCSA grants waiver for pre-employment testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the FMCSA, an agency of the DOT, has put a three-month waiver into place for certain pre-employment testing requirements. This waiver comes in response to the President’s Executive Order No. 13924, issued on May 19, 2020, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery. This order from the president had to do … Continued

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DOT releases compliance notice about CBD

At the end of February the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) released a notice concerning the use of CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, which is not psychoactive, is one of the many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. The DOT’s compliance notice offered information about the use of … Continued

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8,000 violations reported since FMCSA Clearinghouse start up

Since the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has gone into effect on January 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reported detecting and identifying approximately 8,000 substance abuse violations. The Clearinghouse, a database containing information regarding commercial drivers’ drug and alcohol violations, currently has more than 650,000 registrants. Although the Clearinghouse … Continued

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Truckers question DOT’s hardline on medicinal cannabis

In a recent article published in the U.S. magazine Overdrive, senior editor Todd Dills discussed a statement he received from a drug-testing service provider, according to which police officers would not challenge THC-positive drug test results when truck drivers report using cannabidiol-containing (CBD) products, regardless of what the product’s legal status is in the state … Continued

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FMCSA increases random testing rate for 2020

According to a release on Dec. 27th, from the Federal Register, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has increased the minimum annual percentage rate for random testing for truck drivers. In 2019 the annual rate for random testing was 25%, but as of Jan. 1st, 2020, the new annual random testing rate has been increased … Continued

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Are you ready for the FMCSA Clearinghouse?

The US Department of Transportation has its latest change coming into effect today, January 6th, 2020. As of today it will be required to report all violations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing program through their online database, called the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  The Clearinghouse is a database … Continued

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New DOT Panel to come into Affect January 2018

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Transportation (DOT) have extended the federal urine drug testing programme panel requirements to include the Schedule II opioid drugs hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. This panel is often to referred to as the ‘Extended Opiates’ testing. Inclusion of these four semi-synthetic opioids comes in response … Continued

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DOT Drug Panel Changes – How Will It Affect Canadian Non-DOT Testing?

Changes are Coming As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) January 23, 2017’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR), the standard Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) panel for drug testing may be changing this October 1, 2017 if the rule is finalized. Current SAMHSA panel: Initial Analyte Screening Cut-off Confirmatory Analyte Confirmation … Continued

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