Truck Drivers in Prohibited Status Will Have CDL License Suspended in 2024
Failing to comply with the Clearinghouse-2 final rule isn’t just a minor hiccup – it’s a career-ending decision.
If you’re a CDL driver with a Clearinghouse violation, the window to save your career is closing fast.👇
Without a CDL license, you’re not only off the road but also out of a job, potentially for good.
What is the Clearinghouse-2 final rule?
The Clearinghouse-2 final rule (86 FR 55718) requires that state driver licensing agencies revoke a commercial driving license from any CDL driver with a Clearinghouse violation.
Any CDL drivers in a “prohibited” status in the FMCSA Clearinghouse will have their CDL suspended in 2024.
Can state driver’s license agencies revoke my CDL before the compliance date?
Yes, state driver’s license agencies with legislative authority currently have the option to voluntarily query the Clearinghouse and downgrade CDLs for prohibited drivers BEFORE the compliance date.
When does the Clearinghouse-2 rule go into effect?
The second Clearinghouse final rule (Clearinghouse-2) compliance date is set for November 18, 2024.
How can the second Clearinghouse final rule cause a CDL license suspension?
The second Clearinghouse final rule (Clearinghouse-2) means that CDL drivers with a “prohibited” Clearinghouse status cannot continue to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) nor commercial learner’s permit (CLP).
The Clearinghouse-2 final rule also requires that state driver licensing agencies must remove the commercial driving privileges from the driver’s license of a driver subject to the CMV driving prohibition.
The rule will result in a downgrade of the CDL license until the CDL driver successfully completes the DOT SAP Return-to-Duty program.
If a CDL driver wants to complete the SAP Return to Duty program, what do you do first?
To have your Clearinghouse status change from “prohibited” to “not prohibited,” a CDL driver must complete the DOT SAP Return-to-Duty (RTD) process.
The substance abuse counselor serves as the link between the employer, the CDL driver, and compliance with DOT regulations.
If a CDL driver successfully completes the SAP program, your state driver licensing agency (SDLA) will reinstate your commercial driving privileges.
How to find a SAP counselor near me?
To find a DOT SAP counselor near you, search for the words “DOT qualified SAP” because DOT authorized SAP counselors have legal access to your FMCSA Clearinghouse status.
Have you ever noticed how the best doctor or the best surgeon is always someone with decades worth of experience?
It works the same way with SAP counselors.
If you’re going to invest your time, money, and career on a SAP counselor, doesn’t it make sense to find a SAP counselor with decades worth of experience working specifically with CDL drivers?
How to choose a SAP counselor for CDL drivers?
Certification and Training: Search SAPList using your local zip code to find DOT qualified SAP counselors near you.
Experience: Look for a SAP counselor with a track record of working with CDL drivers.
Knowledgeable: An experienced SAP should be well-versed with DOT regulations and the return-to-duty process.
Accessibility: Choose a SAP who offers both in-person or virtual consultations.
Good Reviews and Recommendations: Search for positive Google Reviews on websites or ask for recommendations.
How to compare SAP counselors for CDL Drivers?
Phone Consultations: Call a few local SAP counselors to gauge their level of experience, understanding of DOT regulations, and approach to evaluation and treatment.
Ask the Right Questions: Ask about their experience with CDL drivers and potential costs based on your specific circumstances.
Compare Responses: Compare their responses to find a SAP who you feel comfortable with and who meets the DOT requirements.
How to designate a SAP counselor in the FMCSA Clearinghouse?
Create an Account: If you haven’t already, create a FMCSA Clearinghouse account or login to your account.
Search for Your SAP: Use the search function to find and select your designated SAP.
Designate Your SAP: Follow the prompts to enter the name of your designated SAP before your first evaluation.
What is the purpose of the Clearinghouse-2 final rule?
The Clearinghouse-2 final rule (86 FR 55718) supports FMCSA’s goal of ensuring that only qualified drivers are eligible to receive and retain a CDL, thereby reducing the number and severity of CMV related crashes.
In 2021, 5,700 large trucks were involved in a fatal crash, an 18% increase from 2020 and a 49% increase in the last 10 years.National Safety Council
To learn more about Clearinghouse-2 final rule and CDL suspension, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FMCSA Clearinghouse website.
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