DOT shuts down driver for multiple failed drug tests

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order, an effective permanent shutdown order, to South Dakota-licensed truck driver Clayton Virgil Hall. He was served the federal order on March 27, which forbids Hall from operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

In January 2017, during a random drug test, FMCSA says Hall tested positive for amphetamines, for which he did not have a prescription.

To regain his driving privileges following the positive test result, Hall was required to complete a return-to-duty program involving follow-up drug tests. On multiple occasions, Hall again tested positive for amphetamines.

In May 2018, Hall announced he was no longer operating a truck.  In July 2018, however, Hall was stopped in his tractor-trailer by police in Nebraska and subsequently charged with possession of cocaine and methamphetamine. Hall later pleaded no contest and was found guilty of both charges.

Despite failing multiple controlled substance follow-up tests and never fulfilling the return-to-duty substance abuse program as required by federal regulation, Hall has continued to drive his tractor-trailer in interstate commerce as recently as March 2019, says FMCSA.

Hall also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement brought by FMCSA for his violation of safety regs.