The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial truck drivers and employers to comply with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse regulations. To ensure compliance, trucking companies need a comprehensive compliance service that can help them navigate the complex rules and requirements. Listed below are the tasks involved in the registration and annual trucking compliance requirements for the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Registration and Queries
To comply with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse regulations, trucking companies need to register with the Clearinghouse and run queries for all their CDL drivers. The registration process involves creating an account, providing company and driver information, and paying the required fees. Once registered, the company must run queries on all their CDL drivers, both new hires and current employees, at least once a year. The query process involves verifying the driver’s status in the Clearinghouse and recording the results. (382.701)
Reporting and Recordkeeping
Trucking companies are required to report drug and alcohol violations to the FMCSA, as well as maintain accurate records of all testing, results, and follow-up actions. Reporting violations involves submitting an electronic report to the Clearinghouse within three business days of the violation. Additionally, recordkeeping includes maintaining copies of all drug and alcohol test results, as well as any documentation related to follow-up testing and treatment. (382.705)
Driver Consent and Authorization
To comply with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse regulations, trucking companies need to obtain driver consent and authorization for queries, as well as for reporting violations and follow-up actions. Driver consent involves obtaining written consent from the driver before running a query, and documenting the consent in the driver’s qualification file. Driver authorization involves obtaining written authorization from the driver before reporting a drug or alcohol violation or initiating follow-up testing and treatment. (382.703)
Compliance with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse regulations is crucial for trucking companies. This regulation is to ensure the safety of their drivers and the public. By using a comprehensive compliance service that covers all the tasks and regulations, trucking companies can avoid penalties and maintain a good safety record.