TRUCKERS NEED MORE DRUG SCREENING, SAYS FEDERAL AGENCY

Recommendations have been made to the U.S. Department of Transportation by the National Transportation Safety Board to require stricter screening of truck drivers for illegal drugs. Knowing an applicant’s background when it comes to his or her driving history and drug and alcohol use will enable employers to make better hiring decisions, says the NTSB.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently provides the Pre-Employment Screening Program as a way of helping employers obtain information that can be used to decide if a person’s background makes them a good candidate for employment. The program gives an employer access to a driver’s inspection history going back three years, as well as a five-year crash history.

The NTSB has recommended several measures that would make Tennessee roads safer. According to Overdrive Magazine, some of these include:

  • Reaching out to carriers and educating them about the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program
  • Educating carriers on using hair testing to screen for drug use rather than urine testing
  • Establishing hiring guidelines for employers to follow that include pre-employment investigations
  • Requiring companies to conduct the same level of screening for new employees that current drivers already receive every year

The recommendations are being made as the result of 2015 truck crash in Tennessee that injured four and killed six people. A truck driver caused the accident when he failed to respond to slower traffic in front of him. An investigation unveiled that the driver had a history of drug use that could have been uncovered if his employer had better screened him before hiring him.

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