The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a final rule that establishes a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for the holders of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). The Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will serve as a central repository for records of violations of the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders. Compliance with the Clearinghouse rules will be required as of January 6, 2020. The rule is designed to identify the drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who are ineligible to operate a CMV because of a drug or alcohol violation.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration scheduled the publication of the final version of its rule mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) for December 16, 2015. Motor carriers and the drivers of commercial motor vehicles will have 2 years from that publication date - December 16, 2017 - to comply with the new rule.
On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. This bill is best known as the 1600-page spending bill that prevents a government shutdown in 2015. Also included in the appropriation bill is a rollback to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2013 Hours of Service rule that restricted the use of the 34-hour restart for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.