FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Reports More Than 56,000 Violations in 2020

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse reported more than 56,000 violations from commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers last year.

According to FMCSA’s December 2020 Clearinghouse report, during the first year of the program more than 4.2 million queries were conducted resulting in 56,150 violations from 51,998 drivers.


Of those drivers, a total of 6,513 have since been cleared to return to duty while 45,475 remain in prohibited status.

Drug Violations

So far, positive drug tests (54,949) have accounted for 82 percent of all violations.

The most popular drug used by CMV drivers remains marijuana, accounting for 29,511 violations.

Cocaine (7,940), methamphetamine (5,187) and amphetamine (4,953) are the next most used substances, according to the report.

Also of note, the Clearinghouse recorded 28,517 drug violations in the pre-employment process of which 24,942 were positive tests and 3,575 were refusals.

Further, 2,187 post-accident drug violations were reported with 1,926 recorded as positive tests and 261 refusals.


Random drug testing caught 20,200 violations, of which 16,800 were positive tests and 3,400 were refusals.

A total of 687 violations were recorded during return to duty testing.

Alcohol Violations

A total of 1,201 alcohol violations were recorded during the Clearinghouse’s first year.

Of those, 41 alcohol violations were recorded during the pre-employment process while 106 violations were caught post-accident.

The highest number of alcohol violations were discovered during random testing accounting for a total of 561.

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