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FMCSA warns that truck drivers who test positive for drugs will lose their CDLs starting late next year.
“By November 18, 2024, as part of new federal regulations, drivers with a ‘prohibited’ status in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will lose or be denied their state-issued commercial driving privileges.

The final rule focuses on improving road safety by ensuring compliance with the CMV driving prohibition. Employers are obligated to provide drivers with a list of DOT-qualified substance abuse professionals for education and treatment. Drivers have the autonomy to select their SAP, who then assesses their eligibility for retesting. To sustain a ‘not prohibited’ status, employers must execute a follow-up testing plan, involving at least six unannounced tests within the first 12 months of resuming safety-sensitive functions. Owner-operators rely on their designated consortium or third-party administrator for the implementation of follow-up testing plans.

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