Two of the nation’s largest trucking organizations are at odds over legislation establishing a national database for commercial driver drug and alcohol test results.
The Safe Roads Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate May 20 by Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., would authorize $5 million annually to establish and run a database requiring medical review officers and employers to report positive results from drug or alcohol tests to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The legislation would require that employers check the database prior to hiring drivers.
The American Trucking Associations, which has pushed for a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol testing for 10 years, said the legislation closes a loophole exploited by substance abusers in federal drug and alcohol testing requirements.
Despite language in the bill providing for privacy protections, the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association, which represents individual drivers, says the legislation doesn’t go far enough to protect driver privacy rights.
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