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06/02/2020

 


  The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse’s Impact on the Motorcoach Industry
 

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse went live over four months ago and has already proven to be highly effective. Though it's created additional compliance-related workflow for motorcoach fleets, carriers, and drivers, alike, it's positively changing the entire motorcoach industry.

From Metro:

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse went live over four months ago and has already proven to be highly effective. Though it's created additional compliance-related workflow for motorcoach fleets, carriers, and drivers, alike, it's positively changing the entire motorcoach industry. When first released, many companies and organizations weren't prepared for the mandate, and some still aren't, but now, many industry experts can see the impact the database is having, creating safer roads and highways for everyone.

There still are hurdles in place that motorcoach employers and drivers should be aware of before it's too late. They both should be asking themselves these three simple questions when it comes to discovering the nuance the Clearinghouse brings to the motorcoach industry:

What is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which went live on Jan. 6, 2020, is a database that identifies drivers who are deemed ineligible to drive based on previous U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), who's overseeing the mandate, stores all reported positive tests, including refusals to test and “actual knowledge” reports, within the Clearinghouse database. There, motorcoach organizations and carriers must query every one of its drivers annually and for new drivers during the hiring process.


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  U.S. DOT to distribute over 15M facial coverings to transportation workforce

    From Metro:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced millions of cloth facial coverings will be sent to workers in critical sectors of America's economy. Approximately 15.5 million will be sent to the nation's transportation workforce.

The U.S. DOT, alongside U.S. the Department of Homeland Security, has been working with states, industries, and stakeholders to ensure that transportation workers receive the support they need. The cloth facial coverings secured by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sent out over the coming weeks through the U.S. Postal Service.

The distribution of cloth facial coverings includes 4.8 million for mass transit and passenger rail, as well as 2.1 million for highway and motor carriers.


The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced millions of cloth facial coverings will be sent to workers in critical sectors of America's economy. Approximately 15.5 million will be sent to the nation's transportation workforce.

In response to COVID-19 public health emergency, the focus at U.S. DOT has been keeping transportation systems safe and operational so America's economy can come back strong. Response measures have included stakeholder outreach and guidance, expanded federal financial assistance, and regulatory relief.


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  First Student Delivers Over 1 Million Meals During School Closures
  
     From School Bus Fleet:

CINCINNATI - First Student school bus drivers have delivered more than one million meals, as well as instructional materials, to students across the U.S. and have also transported medical workers during school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am incredibly proud of the role our drivers and staff are playing to support families during this unprecedented time," said First Student President Paul Osland. "Hunger is an issue for many students, and we appreciate being able to use our resources to partner with districts to provide children access to the meals and supplies they need while schools are closed."

More than 150 First Student locations have been supporting school districts with a variety of services since March.

Examples of meal deliveries include:
* Albany, N.Y.: Daily delivery of more than 1,400 meals for City School District of Albany.

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First Student school bus drivers have delivered more than one million meals, as well as instructional materials, to students across the U.S. and have also transported medical workers during school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shown here are bus drivers from First Student's Winchendon, Mass., location delivering meals for Winchendon Public Schools. Photo courtesy First Student

 

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