Drug-Test Results Study Concerns TCA

Oct. 1, 2001
In comments filed with the United States Department of Transportation, Robert A Hirsch, president of the Truckload Carriers Association, expressed concern

In comments filed with the United States Department of Transportation, Robert A Hirsch, president of the Truckload Carriers Association, expressed concern with DOT's recent notice on its drug-test results study.

The comments were filed in response to DOT's request for comments on the feasibility and merits of employers and Medical Review Officers (MROs) reporting a driver's positive drug test results to the state agency that issued the driver's commercial driver license.

According to Hirsch, TCA continues to support sharing a driver's past drug-test results to prevent substance-abusing drivers from skipping from carrier to carrier undetected.

“Should FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) conclude that the transmission of test-result information to the state licensing agencies is feasible and warranted, the responsibility for transmitting such information should be that of FMCSA, not industry,” Hirsch said.

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