The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has warned federal regulators that disruptions affecting drug and alcohol testing pose significant challenges for truck drivers, leaving many of them unable to legally drive. In a letter (pdf) sent to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Oct. 13, OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer said that disruptions affecting FMCSA’s testing system are causing “significant challenges and frustration” for truck drivers. In order to remain compliant with federal drug and alcohol rules, all truck drivers are required to submit to random testing. However, multiple issues such as a shortage of available testing clinics, a lack of qualified testing staff, and a lack of equipment; driven by the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, are leaving many truckers unable to drive. “When a driver is notified that they will be tested, they must immediately report to a testing site,” Spencer wrote in his letter. “If a driver …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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