ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations is applauding Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) for his introduction of a bill requiring the US Department of Transportation to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the use of hair samples to test commercial drivers for illicit drug use.
“For many years, ATA has supported improving drug and alcohol testing procedures for commercial drivers,” ATA president and CEO Bill Graves said. “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.”
“No fleet wants to put the safety of the public at risk by putting an impaired driver behind the wheel of one its trucks,” said ATA chairman Mike Card, president of Combined Transport. “More effective drug testing procedures can help us make sure that doesn’t happen.”