FMCSA Close to Releasing Rules on Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and E-log Devices


According to Transport Topics the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials said they are planning to release at least five new proposed or final rules in 2013, including a supplemental proposed electronic logging device (ELD) rule and a proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule by the end of March.

The ELD rule supplements the agency’s February 2011 proposed rule by addressing driver privacy issues raised by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decision vacating the April 2010 final rule. It will require nearly all interstate trucks to be equipped with logging devices.

The drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule would assist employer hiring practices by creating a central database for verified positive controlled substances and alcohol test results for commercial driver license holders and their refusals to submit to testing.