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Commercial truck clearinghouse may save lives

When people share the road with large tractor trailers, they run the risk of becoming involved in a serious truck accident. While people may assume that the truck driver operating the big rig is licensed, experience and well-qualified, this may not always be the case. There are a number of truck drivers who have previous driving violations, or are otherwise unqualified to drive a at truck. However, they are still out on the roadways. These negligent truckers may cause serious truck accidents, injuries and death to innocent people on the road. This may all change, however, due to a new Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which is set to be implemented soon.

This national database, created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, allows trucking companies, medical review officers, third-party administrators and substance abuse professionals to report the results of drug tests, report test refusals, traffic citations and commercial driver’s license information. The database would show whether drivers are enrolled in drug and alcohol programs, as well as the status of their commercial driver’s licenses.   

Under the ruling, employers would be required to conduct a search for current and prospective employees every year. Companies who hire new drivers will be able to search in the database to ensure the people they are hiring do not have any outstanding drug, alcohol or traffic violations. Companies will also be able to view information from other employers regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. Officials hope this new database will help maintain the quality of truckers that are put on the nation’s roadways.


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