Federal regulations require all people who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to undergo periodic drug testing. Schools, ministries, and other organizations that employ bus or other commercial motor vehicle drivers may need to follow federal drug and alcohol testing and reporting requirements for CDL holders. Churches and ministries aren’t exempt.
Drivers must obtain a CDL if they operate vehicles designed to transport at least 16 passengers, such as school buses.
Drug and alcohol testing must be conducted at the following times:
Employers are also required to randomly test drivers throughout the year and give periodic tests after a driver returns to work following rehabilitation.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This online database records information about FMCSA drug or alcohol violations by CDL drivers. Christian ministries can use this information to know when an employee or volunteer is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
In addition to complying with drug and alcohol testing requirements, ministries may be required to participate in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Participation is mandatory if the ministry uses a CDL driver, paid employee or volunteer, to operate a commercial vehicle that:
Ministries using CDL drivers may be required to participate in the Clearinghouse by:
For additional requirements, please visit the FMCSA Clearinghouse website.
Ministries operating 9-15 passenger vans will not be required to comply with the Clearinghouse, even though they may have other FMCSA requirements such as registering for a USDOT number.
You can find additional information about drug and alcohol testing from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
You can also visit the FMCSA Clearinghouse at https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/
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