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Driver violations and Clearinghouse

How does Clearinghouse keep track of driver violations?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for the purpose of keeping habitually unsafe commercial drivers off the road. It began requiring employers to use the Clearinghouse in January 2020 to keep track of driver violations. In addition to employers and the FMCSA, information in the Clearinghouse is available to law enforcement personnel and driver’s license agencies at the state level with the proper registration and clearance.

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Clearinghouse query plans

What are the different Clearinghouse query plans?

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020, it did so with the requirement that employers of those holding a commercial driver’s license (CDL) purchase a query plan. This allows employers and any third- party administrator or consortium they assign to request information on drug and alcohol violations of current and prospective employees. Upon registration, employers must log into the Clearinghouse and purchase a query plan.

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What SMS information can the public see?

What Safety Measurement System (SMS) information can the public see?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a separate website and program known as the Safety Measurement System (SMS) that tracks certain safety details on all motor carriers. Prior to the FAST Act of 2015, all information on SMS was available for public viewing. Since that time, certain SMS information about the safety performance and compliance of motor carriers is no longer publicly available.

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