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Many professions require licensed individuals in that profession to report to a licensing division or authority when the person is charged with a criminal offense, particularly DUI and other alcohol-related crimes, violent crimes (such as assault or domestic violence), drug crimes (such as controlled substance possession), or property crimes (such as theft and criminal mischief). Most commercial drivers and truckers are required to undergo regular drug testing, but we are addressing the instances when law enforcement are involved. CDL operators who are found in violation of their regulations, which includes a drug and alcohol prohibition, are placed in an “out of service” status. Here are the DUI or alcohol arrest reporting requirements for commercial drivers, as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
Section 392.5.3d-e: Alcohol Prohibition
(d) Any driver who is issued an out-of-service order under this section shall:
(e) Any driver who is subject to an out-of-service order under this section may petition for review of that order by submitting a petition for review in writing within 10 days of the issuance of the order to the Division Administrator or State Director for the geographical area in which the order was issued. The Division Administrator or State Director may affirm or reverse the order. Any driver adversely affected by such order of the Regional Director of Motor Carriers may petition the Administrator for review in accordance with 49 CFR 386.13.
Different rules apply to a driver’s personal admission of alcohol and substance abuse. Read about these guidelines in Section 382.121.
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