On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed a five-year, $305 billion highway reauthorization bill that will reform a safety performance scoring program for motor carriers and pave the way for employers to rely on alternative testing to screen prospective drivers. The legislation comes after years of negotiations regarding provisions related to truck safety policies, railroad braking systems and infrastructure funding programs.
The bill, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to ensure its Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring program for trucking companies provides “the most reliable” analysis available. This would include a review of the program during which CSA scores will be removed from public view.
The new legislation also calls on FMCSA to evaluate the impact an increase in minimum insurance levels would have on safety, small and minority owned carriers and owner-operators, as well as the insurance industry’s ability to offer expanded coverage.
The final provision of the legislation would allow employers to use hair testing as an alternative to urine tests for employment screening. The Department of Transportation will adopt federal standards developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the next year.
Contact your RubinBrown advisor today for a detailed consultation regarding this legislation and how it may effect you.
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