- Aug. 28, 2019
-- Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2000 to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by commercial drivers. In addition to the creation of safety messaging targeted to truck drivers, the enforcement of strict regulations, the analyzation of data and the development of key partnerships, FMCSA has announced a new way to keep highways safe throughout the United States. Its Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a database that offers real-time information about drug and alcohol violations of Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) holders. Tech-driven insurance agency – InsuranceHub – stays true to its pledge to "make insurance easy" by staying on top of these new changes for the benefit of employers, truckers and anyone with a CDL.
"Insurance is constantly evolving, as is our most popular insurance delivery system – technology,"
explained Jim Lloyd, founder and CEO of InsuranceHub. "Continuing education is a vital component to not only our success, but also to the success of the clients we serve. As soon as we heard of the upcoming release of Clearinghouse, we made it a top priority to learn everything we can about it to better educate our client base of independent owner-operators and trucking companies. Oversight of something like a drug or alcohol violation that's listed on the Clearinghouse database but later results in a repeat offense and injury to another driver could prove costly to an employer. We want to help them avoid a detrimental mistake like that by providing them with the facts as we learn them."
Available to employers, the FMCSA, State Drivers Licensing Agencies, and state law enforcement nationwide, Clearinghouse will contain information about positive drug and alcohol tests and drivers who refused testing, as well as drivers who completed the return-to-duty process and follow-up testing plan. By Fall 2019, drivers can begin registering for Clearinghouse. In January 2020, use of Clearinghouse will be mandatory and employers will have to report drug and alcohol violations from that point forward.
Since this will change how trucking companies screen hires, it's important for them to know how and when to use Clearinghouse. In addition to Clearinghouse, FMCSA collects information on every driver through its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) program. To learn more about Clearinghouse and FMCSA, please visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/
To learn more about InsuranceHub, its products and services for both individuals and businesses, and the industries it serves, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.insurancehub.com