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January 09, 2013
Trucker group applauds new hair drug-testing pilot project

The American Trucking Association (ATA) supports introduction of a bill requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the use of hair samples to test commercial drivers for illicit drug use. The bill was introduced into Congress by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.).      

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ATA President and CEO Bill Graves says the organization has long supported improvement in drug- and alcohol-testing procedures.  “Hair testing, which research and experience shows can be much more effective than current conventional sampling and testing methods, is the next logical step in this process, and we thank Congressman Ribble for introducing this important legislation.”

Fleets including Schneider National, C.R England, and J.B. Hunt currently require drivers to undergo hair testing for drugs. However, unlike urine test findings, the results cannot be shared with prospective employers. Falsifying urine testing is said to be widespread through the trucking industry.

The ATA has encouraged DOT to join it in supporting hair testing as an improvement to its regulated testing program.

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