FMCSA publishes proposed driver clearinghouse rule, accepting comment until April 21

drug testThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published Feb. 20 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that when made final will establish a database of drivers who have failed or refused to take a drug or alcohol test.

The Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, as it’s known, was officially announced Feb. 12 by FMCSA. The current MAP-21 highway funding act dictated FMCSA create the rule, and the proposal cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Jan. 28.

The rule, as previously reported on CCJ, will require carriers to report to FMCSA failed drug tests and test refusals, along with requiring them to query the clearinghouse when making new hires and once annually for current drivers.

The rule would also require them to report traffic citation information when drivers are cited for driving under the influence.

Click here to read a more in-depth report on the rule from FMCSA’s Feb. 12 release of the NPRM’s text.

The agency is accepting public comment on the rule until April 21.

Public comments can be made via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at; via fax, 202-493-2251; by mail, Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., 20590; or hand delivered to the same address. All public comments must use the docket number FMCSA-2010-0031.