• TWG Staff

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Detects Nearly 8,000 Violations Since Jan. 6

  1. February 21, 2020 4:15 PM, EST

  1. [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.]Nearly 8,000 substance abuse violations have been detected and identified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse since it went live Jan. 6, the agency announced Feb. 21.The Clearinghouse, a database containing information on commercial driver license holders’ drug and alcohol violations, first went live last month but displayed error messages and experienced sluggish loading times. Although minor glitches remain on the website, users say it’s performing its primary objectives. The Clearinghouse so far has more than 650,000 registrants, the agency said.The drug and alcohol violations recorded in the database include pre-employment tests, random tests, reasonable suspicion tests, post-crash tests and refusals to submit to a test.Carriers and their third-party administrators, state driver licensing agencies, law enforcement officials, medical review officers and substance abuse professionals are authorized to use the Clearinghouse to check for a CDL holder’s violations.CDL drivers who register for the Clearinghouse also can check their own records.The Clearinghouse ends a longtime loophole that allowed drivers with drug or alcohol test violations with one motor carrier to job-hop to another carrier who may not have knowledge of the driver’s previous positive test results, said Dan Horvath, vice president of safety policy for American Trucking Associations.“The Clearinghouse is doing what it’s intended to do,” Horvath said. “Beyond that, I think the numbers also shed light on how many drivers may have fallen under the radar in the past. Kudos to the agency for putting this in place.”The Clearinghouse contains only violations that occurred on or after Jan. 6, 2020. If a driver’s violation occurred prior to Jan. 6, and was in the return-to-duty process when the Clearinghouse was implemented, the violation and any related return-to-duty activity will not be entered into the Clearinghouse.

    Compare each of the presidential candidates' plans for addressing America's infrastructure needs. See our Candidate Infrastructure Tracker.“We’ve seen encouraging results from the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, but there’s still work to do to ensure we identify more drivers who should not be behind the wheel.” FMCSA acting Administrator Jim Mullen said in a statement. “The Clearinghouse is a positive step, and the agency continues to work closely with industry, law enforcement and our state partners to ensure its implementation is effective.”The Clearinghouse rule, years in the making, requires drivers to register and consent to carriers checking their record for drug and alcohol violations. Employers are required to check the Clearinghouse as part of pre-employment driver investigations and screen each of their employed CDL drivers at least once a year.The agency has extended the compliance date for the requirement established by the Clearinghouse final rule that states query the Clearinghouse before completing certain CDL transactions. The state driver license agencies’ mandatory compliance with this requirement has been delayed until Jan. 6, 2023. However, state agencies still have the option to voluntarily query the Clearinghouse.

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

5214 Maryland Way, Ste. 404
Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 866-223-8013

Fax: 615-277-0754


Providing commercial truck insurance in TNALMSFLTX, AR, NC, SC and many more. We provide truck insurance and coverages like Physical Damage, Auto Liability, Owner - Operator Physical Damage, Owner - Operator Non Trucking Liability, Commercial Fleet and Non Fleet Insurance and much more. Commercial truck insurance is made easy with Thomas Wilson Group, LLCTruck Insurance coverage for many states like TennesseeOhioFlorida,  North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, and many more.  Get a Truck Insurance Quote Fast and Free Today.

Thomas Wilson Group, LLC. is a proud sponsor of the Wounded Warriors

Truck Insurance Quote

Connect With Us

  • Facebook Classic

"If you know of anyone who is in need of commercial insurance or wants to change please refer them to Todd Smith.  He was outstanding to work with and provided an insurance certificate after normal business hours in a pinch to a new customer.  He went the extra mile and was very easy to work with. Thanks Todd for your help!"



Freight Broker Bonds

Thomas Wilson Group, LLC specializes in commercial truck insurance. That means you will not have to worry when you are driving your semi-truck or any commercial vehicle for business.  We look for the best commercial auto insurance and trucking insurance options for you.  We know you are on a budget and we want to make sure the coverages like liability, physical damage, cargo, and truckers general liability are affordable.  That is why we have many commercial trucking companies in order to give you the best trucking insurance quotes in the industry.  We represent commercial trucking insurance companies like Progressive Commercial, Northland, and Tower Group.  Our companies not only offer the best coverages in the industry, they also allow us to give you the most truck insurance discounts in the industry.


We know trucking insurance is important to you.  We have agents who specialize in 14 states to make sure you have the right coverage for each state.  We represent truck insurance options in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Louisiana and many more.  


So what type of truck insurance and commercial trucking insurance coverage we provide?  We provide a wide array of trucking insurance coverages.  There are many trucking companies who need a wide array of coverage.  Some trucking businesses need owner operator truckers insurance.  We offer primary liability trucking insurance, non-trucking liability truck insurance, physical damage truck insurance, cargo truck insurance, and much more.  We also offer trucking insurance and fast trucking insurance quotes for fleets.  We will insurance from the owner operator trucker all the way to the 50 fleet trucking company.  Give us a call today for all of your trucking insurance needs and trucking insurance services.