Truckers Wary on DOT Proposal to Create Database Listing Failed Drug and Alcohol Tests

A pending rule from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish an online database listing truck drivers who have failed drug and alcohol tests is drawing fire from the truckers themselves.

Under the rule sent to the White House for final approval, DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the database would serve as a clearinghouse for failed testers and also list drivers who have refused to be tested for drugs or alcohol.

Current rules already require truck drivers to report failed tests to their current and future employers, but trucking companies and safety advocates argue that truckers can’t also be counted on to self-report.

On the other hand, opponents of the rule, including the Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association, which represents some 150,000 truck drivers, argue that the trucking companies will use the threat of falsely reported alcohol and drug tests to “punish or retaliate against drivers.”

Stay tuned to this space for further developments as the rule moves toward finalization.

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