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DOT Proposes Oral-Fluid Testing for Drugs

DOT Proposes Oral-Fluid Testing for Drugs

The Department of Transportation is proposing oral fluid testing as an alternative to urine testing for the DOT-regulated drug and alcohol testing program.

February 28, 2022

Study Suggests Cocaine Use More Prevalent than Marijuana Among Truck Drivers
Drug Testing and the Driver Shortage

Drug Testing and the Driver Shortage

In the future, will we decide that someone can use cannabis and still be a safe, desirable driver for the trucking industry? The answer is complicated, HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge says in her latest editorial commentary.

July 9, 2021

Driver Charged with Killing Cyclists Declared Imminent Hazard
What Does MORE Act Mean for Truckers and Marijuana?

What Does MORE Act Mean for Truckers and Marijuana?

A bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level has passed the House – although it has virtually no chance of getting through the Republican-controlled Senate. The bill also would allow marijuana to remain on the list of disqualifying substances for safety-sensitive transportation workers such as truck drivers.

December 7, 2020

3 Fleets on the Benefits of Hair-Testing for Drugs

3 Fleets on the Benefits of Hair-Testing for Drugs

Trucking fleets that have implemented hair testing for illegal drugs in addition to the DOT-mandated urine testing for commercial drivers say not only is it the right thing to do, but it also offers benefits that fleets might not think about.

July 29, 2020

FMCSA Wants to Clarify How States Will Use Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
DOT Issues Guidance on Drug and Alcohol Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic
FMCSA Doubles Random Drug-Testing Percentage for 2020

FMCSA Doubles Random Drug-Testing Percentage for 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers, from 25% to 50% percent, effective Jan. 1.

December 27, 2019

New ATA Policy Addresses Marijuana Challenges in Trucking

New ATA Policy Addresses Marijuana Challenges in Trucking

More than 93 million Americans now live where marijuana is legal for recreational use – what's a safety-sensitive industry like trucking to do? The American Trucking Associations has endorsed a new set of policies to address the issues.

October 8, 2019

Is There a Better Way to Drug Test?

Is There a Better Way to Drug Test?

DOT-Required urine testing has known shortcomings but in an industry faced with difficulty finding and keeping qualified drivers, some worry that stricter drug-testing protocols will only make the situation worse. Part 4 of HDT's Trucking Under the Influence Series.

October 4, 2019

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Digging Into Truck Driver Drug Use

Digging Into Truck Driver Drug Use

A recent study found a higher rate of drug use by prospective drivers than was previously believed to be the case. Part three of HDT's Trucking Under the Influence series on drugs and the trucking industry.

September 10, 2019

Truckers, Drugs and Safety

Truckers, Drugs and Safety

Amid national trends such as the rapid rise of marijuana legalization and a continuing opioid abuse crisis, trucking faces some disturbing trends of its own. Part one of HDT's Trucking Under the Influence Series.

June 10, 2019

What’s Happening with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

What’s Happening with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration appears to be making progress in meeting the January 2020 deadline for implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for commercial driver’s license holders.

March 15, 2019

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