When operating or owning a truck, there’s several dangers that come with using the vehicle. One of the biggest problems is substance abuse. Sure, at times, spending so much time on one stretch of land can be boring and tiring. But taking substances to excite yourself or to stay awake at the wheel is never the answer. That is why it’s always a better idea to get your rest and eat a plentitude of food in order to keep your wits about you. The alternative of crashing while operating a bazooka of a machine is just to dangerous to even consider. That said, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a warning that January 5th 2021 is the last day to register with their Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Given that this is a government order, the FMCSA may not hesitate to issue fines. This is mainly applicable to those who refuse to sign up and conduct internal investigations into their carriers’ inner workings.
We’re Warning You. Don’t Slack Off!
Specifically speaking, the FMCSA states that “Under the Clearinghouse final rule, an employer who employs himself or herself as a CDL driver” needs to comply with drug screening processes.
The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse’s final rule requires motor carriers to question the database online. This is meant to be done before hiring new drivers and once a year for existing drivers. Its intention is to allow permission to employers and law enforcement a means of accessing any driver’s drug and alcohol violation records.
There’s still time enough to register with the warning notwithstanding, but keep in mind once you apply, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, CMV employers, and law enforcement officials will be able to access that information always.