Despite long standing drug and alcohol testing requirements, commercial drivers continue to drive 18-wheelers and buses even after testing positive. Factors contributing to this problem include applicants who do not report their drug testing history to new employers, carriers who do not fully complete background checks, and self-employed drivers who fail to remove themselves from service. According to recent studies, out of 3.4 million drivers on the road, about 68,000 drivers tested positive for drug use.
A provision by Pryor would establish a national database of drug testing information for commercial drivers. Specifically, it would require medical review officers, employers, and service agents to report positive results from drug or alcohol tests to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and would require employers to check the database prior to hiring prospective employers, leading to better hiring decisions and decreased employee liability.
"While a vast majority of truck drivers follow the rules of the road, a few bad apples don't. A national clearinghouse will ensure these drivers can't bypass the law," Pryor said. "It's a practical way to ensure that the commercial driving industry is selecting the safest drivers possible to operate large trucks and buses."