DOT: Rules to establish drug/alcohol database, new driver training standards could be published this week

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The clearinghouse would require carriers to submit positive tests and refusals to the database.The clearinghouse would require carriers to submit positive tests and refusals to the database.

The final versions of two rules that will have an effect on the trucking industry are set to publish this week, per the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.

A rule that will establish a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Oct. 31. The DOT projected in its monthly report the final rule would be published Monday, Nov. 21, but it has not appeared in the Federal Register as of Tuesday morning.

The clearinghouse would require carriers to submit positive tests and refusals to the database, and owner-operators must also report to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the consortium or third-party drug test administrator it uses and authorize it to submit information on any of its drivers, including themselves, to the database.

More on the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse can be seen here.

The DOT also projects its rule to establish entry-level driver training standards to be published this week on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The rule will outline a core curriculum new truckers are required to learn, while also requiring 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training. The proposed rule also laid out minimum qualifications for instructors, testing, test vehicles and more, which would be used to establish a driver trainer registry.

More on the Entry-Level Driver Training rule can be seen here.