FMCSA proposal addresses investigation of driver safety history

Just how carriers will be able to investigate the safety history of new or prospective drivers, and what liability the carriers will incur as a result, are among the issues addressed in a supplementary notice of proposed rulemaking (49 CFR Parts 390 and 391) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to information published in The Federal Register July 17. Carriers have until September 2, 2003, to comment on the proposal.

Among the subjects in the proposed rule are records of drug and alcohol testing, drivers' rights to review and comment on the accuracy of their records, how driver records will be handled by employers, and the relevancy of driver highway infractions. To see the proposal in its entirety, click here for The Federal Register.

Comments should be addressed to Docket Management Facility, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW, Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington DC 20590-0001, or for more information contact David Goettee at 202-366-4097.

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