If you have a DOT alcohol & drug testing program under Part 382, you're subject to the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse rule. As of January 5, 2020, you are required to query the DOT's new Clearinghouse online database to identify CDL drivers who are prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) due to drug and alcohol violations
The DOT Clearinghouse helps identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a CMV based on FMCSA drug and alcohol program violations. If you have a DOT testing program under Part 382, you must comply with pre-employment and annual queries! Annual queries are past due for those drivers that were part of your Part 382 program as of January 6, 2020.
Easily comply with the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule
For motor carriers that hired a driver since the implementation of the Clearinghouse last January, the first annual query is required within a year of the pre-employment query.
A motor carrier that does not request an annual query or fails to act on the results of an unresolved testing violation has committed a non-recordkeeping violation, which has a penalty up to $15,419 for each violation.
A new entrant will automatically fail a safety audit if a single instances is found of using a driver with an unresolved DOT testing violation. For existing carriers, such a violation is acute, meaning noncompliance with a single acute regulation is considered a serious violation. Noncompliance is so severe that it requires immediate corrective action by a motor carrier.
Let the experts at J. J. Keller handle your Clearinghouse compliance for you by ...
♦ Reporting drivers' alcohol and drug violations on your behalf
♦ Providing instructions to drivers on how they should register in the Clearinghouse
♦ Tracking driver signatures and receipt of annual consent for all affected drivers
♦ Reviewing your current DOT drug & alcohol policy for accuracy and completeness
♦ Running limited queries on all CDL drivers according to the regulation
♦ Running full queries as required due to the results found in the annual limited query
♦ Conducting pre-employment queries on all potential new applicants
Discover how simple Clearinghouse compliance can be.
Contact a Compliance Specialist today at 888-473-4638 or fill out the lead form below.