Drivers who fail a drug test could go months before getting noticed in FMCSA database

2020-03-01

Some of the 8,000 drivers who’ve failed a drug test since a federal database began gathering such records Jan. 6 could remain behind the wheel for months, say those familiar with the system.

Commercial drivers who applied to drive for another fleet and were turned away for failing a pre-employment drug test in recent weeks could still be driving today for the fleet where they’re already employed. Such drivers could remain there until their fleet runs the required annual query of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

“There are situations where things could fall through the cracks,” says Tom Fulmer, vice president of National Drug Screening, a national provider of DOT drug tests.

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Posted by: Pat Monks