What is the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?
A secure, online database that will give employers and other authorized users real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial leraner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.
The Clearinghouse will improve safety on our Nation’s roadways by giving employers access to information they need to make informed safety decisions about which employees to place in safety-sensitive functions, including operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
What types of drivers and employers will the Clearinghouse affect?
All CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads, and their employers and service agents. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Interstate and intrastate motor carriers, including passenger carriers
- School bus drivers
- Construction equipment operators
- Limousine drivers
- Municipal vehicle drivers (ex: waste management vehicles)
- Federal and other organizations that employ drivers subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol use testing regulations (ex: Department of Defense, municipalities, school districts)
The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now fully operational, and mandatory use is now in effect.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made some changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology which include violations based on new cell phone use regulations. They now provide more details on breakouts, some existing brake, wheel and coupling regulations. In February the motor carriers may notice the following two changes:
1. Addition of five texting and cell phone use violations in the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). The violations reflect FMCSA’s decision on 1/3/2012 to ban commercial drivers from using mobile telephones while driving, which includes a ban of texting. Motor carriers should discuss the new violations with their drivers to ensure that they are aware of these new CSA 2010 requirements on cell phone usage. Click here to learn more.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new Cell Phone Restrictions for CMV Drivers. Click here to learn more.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA, revises the house of service (HOS) for commercial truck drivers. New regulations limit truck drivers to 70 hours a week behind the wheel. Read more here
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s, FMCSA, drug and alcohol testing requirements require supervisors of CDL drivers to take 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of alcohol abuse and another 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of controlled substances use. The purpose is to qualify supervisors for determing when reasonable suspicion testing is needed. You can read more here at the FMCSA site here.
CRS offers CDL Drivers drug and alcohol testing to meet required FMCSA training needs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 715-533-1715 Cell.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation, DOT, has set 1/3/12 as the date of the new hand-held cell phone ban. The rule issued by both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PHMSA, prohibit interstate commercial motor vehicle, commercial drivers from using hand-held cell phone while driving. Intrastate drivers hauling hazordous materials are also bound to this new rule. The states are expected to aplly the band to all in-state commercial drivers in the coming years. The new rule, Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers will not be able to hold, dial or reach for a hand-held cell phone, including push to talk capability. Hands-free phone use is allowed along with CB radios and two way radios.
Under this new rule, Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers will be prohibited from:
- Using at least one hand to hold mobile phone to conduct a voice communication.
- Dialing or answering a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button
- Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated, belted, driving position.
Drivers will not be able to use hand-held phones while temporarily stopped due to traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays, but they will be able to use them after moving the vehicle to the side of or off of the highway and stopping in a safe location.
Drivers who violate the new ban will face federal civil penalties up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualifications for multiple offenses. Companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.
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Many companies will be receiving warning letters from the Wisconsin DOT regarding the start of CSA 2010. If you receive a CSA 2010 deficiency warning letter, contact Compliance Regulatory Services (CRS) your CSA 2010 experts specializing in consulting trucking companies. CRS can help guide your company to a cleaner record with all of your CSA 2010 training needs. Contact us for more CSA 2010 assistance at 715-267-3142.
CSA 2010 will go into effect in the state of Wisconsin in December, 2010. Are you in compliance with CSA 2010? What your company and your drivers do will affect your ratings. The following should be done to prepare for CSA 2010 Wisconsin.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of CSA 2010 Wisconsin
- Educate drivers how their performance now will impact their driving record and safety assessment of your company. Violations will count in CSA 2010 and violations of drivers history will remain on record for three years. Wisconsin Safe Stat is scored on Out of Service Violations only.
- Educate all staff on CSA 2010 including mechanics, sales, office administration, etc.
- Keep up to date accurate files: Driver Qualification files, Drug & Alcohol files, Maintenance files, Record of Duty files, Driver’s Daily Inspection files and Accident Registers.
- Make sure your Wisconsin Motor Carrier Census (MCS 150) is current.
- Review the information available on the FMCSA CSA Data Preview website, making sure that information is correct. Use DATA Q to petition any questionable violations.
- Also use the information on Safe Stat for the last two years to establish an understanding of any problem areas within your company.
- Actively monitor all violations received from roadside inspections.
- Address safety problems now. Don’t let them haunt you at the roadside.
- Address all violations promptly with your drivers and mechanics.
- Offer safety training programs targeting your weak performance areas.
Compliance Regulatory Services of Wisconsin offers CSA 2010 Driver Training Sessions. We encourage your organization and drivers to prepare now for CSA 2010 by implimenting strong safety policies and offering TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING. Rely on us as your CSA 2010 Wisconsin training experts.
CSA 2010 ratings are available on the CSA website. Use your DOT number and assigned PIN number to review your ratings. Here is the link to the page where you can enter your DOT number for more information about CSA 2010