EMA Reminders On CDL Drug/Alcohol Queries; All Electronic Queries; Federal Credit Card Act
EMA issued these year-end reminders that will benefit PPA members–
CDL Driver Drug/Alcohol Violations
Employers of CDL drivers are required to conduct an annual drug and alcohol violation query in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for each CDL driver they employ.
Employers are only required to make a “limited query” to check for drug and alcohol violations for these drivers. A “full query” is only required if a violation is found.
Switching To All Electronic Inquiries
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires prospective employers of CDL drivers to conduct background investigations before hiring a CDL driver.
This process includes determining if the driver has violated U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulations within the past three years.
Currently, this inquiry requires prospective employers to conduct both electronic queries in the FMCSA Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to satisfy federal preemployment driver drug and alcohol investigation requirements.
However, beginning January 6, 2023, the Clearinghouse will have accumulated three-years of data on driver history.
This means prospective employers must begin conducting electronic pre-employment queries of the Clearinghouse to comply with the FMCSA drug and alcohol violation investigation. requirement.
Federal Credit Card Competition
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