LOGAN — The United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that registration is now open for the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

County Engineer Steve Struble, at the January 2 Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting, reminded county officials that beginning January 6, the County Engineering & Secondary Roads Department will be required to run an annual query of each CDL driver employed by the county.

"We will also have to run a query as part of all pre-employment reviews," Struble to the Board.

Furthermore, each driver is also required to register with the Clearinghouse individually.

This includes not only CDL holders but also medical review officers and substance abuse professionals, according to an October 1 press release.

Struble said the Department is registered as an employer and they are beginning to help their employees register.

He added that employers will not be able to register their own employees. There is no cost for the registration and commercial drivers are not required to register immediately with the Clearinghouse.

However, they will need to register to respond to an employer's request for consent prior to a pre-employment query or another full query being conducted.

The registration requirements may be an attempt by the Federal Government to control or reduce the prevalence of untrained, unregistered and unlicensed foreign drivers of commercial vehicles, said Struble.

"I hope it is successful in accomplishing that end," he added.