New Trucking Drug Screen Could Improve Safety

March 25, 2015 by Justin Stoltzfus, SjStoltz

A new law could help the government monitor drug use by truck drivers, making highways safer across the country.

The U.S. Drug Free Commercial Truck Act of 2015, which is also known as S806 and HR1467, was introduced in the Senate in March. This bipartisan bill seeks to recognize hair drug testing as an alternative to traditional urine tests.

The idea is that, by testing hair, companies can figure out whether a driver is drug-free, or has just stopped using for a while to pass a urine test. Some companies have already added both urine and hair testing to fleet testing regimens, but others cite cost as a prohibiting factor.

The American Trucking Associations and the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security have both come out in support of the initiative.

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