FMCSA Finds 8,000 “Substance Abuse Violations” in First Weeks of Clearinghouse
Washington D.C. – On Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released data following the first weeks of operation of its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
The information released showed that the clearinghouse has detected and identified nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since January 6, 2020.
The FMCSA reports the clearinghouse now has more than 650,000 registrants.
The clearinghouse is aimed at improving road safety by providing FMCSA and employers with the necessary tools to identify drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements and are prohibited from operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).
The FMCSA says the goal of the clearinghouse is to ensure that such drivers receive the required evaluation and treatment before they have the opportunity to resume driving.
FMCSA Doubles Random Drug Tests in 2020 to More Than 2 MILLION
In December of last year, the FMCSA announced it would be increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of CMVs requiring a CDL.
As of January 1, 2020, the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing was increased from 25 percent to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions.
Results from an 2018 survey of 1,552 carriers (comprising of 300,635 CDL drivers) reported a positive rate for controlled substances random testing increased to 1.0 percent.
A greater than or equal to 1.0 percent result in a given calendar year triggered the effective doubling of the random drug test rate for the next calendar year in accordance with 49 CFR 382.403.
FMCSA estimates there are 3.2 million CDL holders operating in interstate commerce and 1 million CDL holders operating in intrastate commerce.
At a 50 percent annual random testing rate, approximately 2.1 million random controlled substances tests will need to be conducted in calendar year 2020, the FMCSA noted.
Further, the FMCSA says this will result in an estimated $50 to 70 million increase in costs to the industry.
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