Author:  Jackie Roy
Posted in Category: Educational Tags: Auto, CDL, Current Events, Education, Trucking, best practices

The US DOT Clearinghouse is now active.  Do you employ CDL drivers? Are you a CDL driver?

The Clearinghouse will provide FMCSA and employers the necessary tools to identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a CMV based on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol program violations, and ensure that such drivers receive the required evaluation and treatment before operating a CMV on public roads.

Beginning January 6, 2020, employers, or their designated consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA), will be required to conduct queries to check if current and prospective employees are prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), due to an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation.

Below are some Frequently asked questions to help you understand what you need to know:

 

FAQ:

WHAT IS THE CLEARING HOUSE?

The Clearinghouse is an online database that will provide real-time access about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations to employers, FMSCA, State Law Enforcement and Driver Licensing Agencies.  All States will be linked. 

WHO DOES IT APPLY TO?

All CDL drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles on public roads, their employers and services agents.  Examples include passenger carriers such as limousine drivers, school bus drivers, construction equipment / truck operators and municipal vehicle drivers.

HOW ARE VIOLATIONS REPORTED?

Reporting will be required by several resources including employers, medical review officers and substance abuse professionals.

HOW IS THE CLEARING HOUSE ACCESSED?

Employers, medical review officers and substance abuse professionals must register.  Registration is voluntary for employees but will be mandatory to provide electronic consent in the Clearinghouse if a prospective or current employer needs to conduct a full query of the driver’s record.

For more information on the Federal Clearinghouse Rules visit:

 https://clearinghouse.fmsca.dot.gov

If you are a CDL employer with questions on insurance or risk management, please contact Jackie Roy at 603-300-6763 reach out via the button below.

During the past 30 years Jackie gained extensive business knowledge working within the insurance industry and being a business partner within the construction industry.  She obtained her CPCU designation in 1999 and is currently working on completing The Institutes Cyber Risk Management Program.    She provided workers compensation seminars and training for various sector programs as well as expert statements for proposed legislation led by various construction and service industries.  She is very pro-active for each specific client as well as whole industry segments.