OOIDA webinar examines drug and alcohol regulations

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Remaining in compliance with the drug and alcohol regulations goes way beyond abstaining from use. There are requirements on all motor carriers, even owner-operators, in terms of testing, record keeping, etc. OOIDA’s latest webinar is here to help.

Webinar host Tom Gann interviews Steve Nickell, a customer service representative with OOIDA’s CMCI, about prohibitions, testing and penalties for violations.

Membership in a certified drug and alcohol testing program is mandatory for commercial drivers. Drivers who are not part of a program or a consortium (such as OOIDA’s CMCI) can be found to be in violation of compliance review standards and fined up to $10,000 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Gann said there are at least six required drug and alcohol tests. One of those is pre-employment testing, which is authorized for all new drivers and for drivers who may be looking to switch carriers.

“Anybody who is thinking about changing carriers, if anyone’s wanting to get into the trucking industry, and because of the changes, anyone who’s been in the industry but hasn’t kept up with the type of drugs that are tested for (should tune in),” Gann said.

Gann said drug testing is mandatory under federal guidelines, and a refusal to submit to testing is essentially the same thing as a positive test in the eyes of the law.

“Drug and alcohol testing is not an option,” Gann said. “It is mandatory. It only takes one violation (to lose CDL status). You can get back in, and we also talk about the steps you can take to get reinstated.”

Catch the live broadcast at 7 p.m., CDT, Thursday, July 11. Or you can view it in the archive afterward at your convenience. There will be time after the live broadcast for questions and answers.

Few business-training seminars offer OOIDA’s experience and knowledge of trucking-related topics, especially those relevant to owner-operators. The 2013 series is no exception.

This series of webinars gives truckers a one-two punch with some programs designed to help drivers understand rules, regulations and industry requirements, while other courses teach participants about the business side of trucking.

Webinars cover topics such as transitioning from company driver to owner-operator, the authority process, using load boards and more.

OOIDA designed the program with convenience and truckers’ schedules in mind.

“Webinars are presented by industry professionals in a user-friendly format delivered directly to the participant’s computer,” Gann said.

Programs can be viewed during the original airing, and participants can revisit the material later at their convenience. Or they can sign up to view any program in the easy-to-access archive files, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are two programs a month, each lasting about an hour. All programs are designed to help drivers at all levels in their career. Truckers may purchase the entire course, or choose individual programs, or pick several webinars with smaller, affordable package deals.

For more information, click here, call 800-444-5791, or follow the webinar series on Facebook.

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