Beginning January 6th of 2020 any employer with CDL drivers will be required to conduct an electronic query to review any reported drug or alcohol violations.  This will need to be done in addition to manual inquiries that are already mandated.

Employers will need to run an electronic query at the time of hire as well as annually for all CDLs. The way in which to process your electronic query is through the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, which was created with the goal of:

  • Make it easier for employers to meet their pre-employment investigation and reporting obligations.
  • Make it more difficult for drivers to conceal their drug and alcohol program violations from current or prospective employers.
  • Provide roadside inspectors and other enforcement personnel with the means to ensure that drivers receive required evaluation and treatment before performing safety-sensitive functions, such as driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
  • Make it easier for FMCSA to determine employer compliance with testing, investigation, and reporting requirements.

The Clearinghouse will contain information on all CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations. These violations include:

  • Report for duty/remain on duty for safety-sensitive function with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater or while using any drug specified in the regulations (Part 40), other than those prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
  • Alcohol use while performing, or within four hours of performing, a safety-sensitive function
  • Alcohol use within eight hours of an accident, or until post-accident test, whichever occurs first
  • Test positive for use of specified drugs Refusing to submit to a required alcohol or drug test

Are you ready for this change or still have questions? Feel free to reach out to our Risk Consultant, Will Rich for more information.