Lytx Launches Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Service, Further Expanding Lytx DOT Compliance Solutions
-- The service removes the burden associated with Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements, reduces costs and frees up valuable staff time
-- New offering reinforces Lytx DOT regulatory and compliance services as one of the most comprehensive in the market
SAN DIEGO — Feb. 24, 2021 — Lytx®, a leading provider of machine vision- and artificial intelligence-powered video telematics, analytics, safety, DOT compliance, and productivity solutions for commercial, public sector and field service fleets, today released Lytx Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Service to effectively remove this labor-intensive regulatory burden for fleets, while delivering cost savings and protection from liability and risk. Following the launch of Lytx Unassigned Drive Time Service last month, this offering is another valuable addition to Lytx Compliance Services and the company’s portfolio of all-in-one, customizable fleet solutions and services.
This service was created in response to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final rule which went into effect January 6, 2020, requiring motor carriers to query the online database before hiring a driver and once per year for existing drivers. This centralized agency database contains information on violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program for the holders of Commercial Driver’s Licenses. Motor carriers that violate any of the provisions in this ruling, including accessing a driver’s record without gaining proper written consent from the driver, could be fined up to $5,833 for each violation.
“With no automated way to conduct Clearinghouse queries, fleets are struggling to manage this new and significant workload,” said Rick Walters, senior director of Lytx Compliance Services. “The Lytx Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Service allows our clients to automate and remove the guesswork from their regulatory processes so they can avoid liability and risk, while reducing costs and freeing up valuable time that can be redirected back into their business.”
Lytx Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Service manages this FMCSA-mandated process, conducting the required annual queries, including ensuring a driver’s consent is obtained and in the case of a violation, providing an escalation path for our clients to take required next actions. Lytx takes this process one step further, adding the resulting documentation into each driver’s qualification file. Through its Driver Qualification File Management Service, Lytx then proactively manages and conducts physical, line-by-line audits on all documentation required by the Department of Transportation to help reduce gaps in the data that expose fleets to risk.
Lytx’s Driver Qualification File Management Service also issues proactive notifications when items become due, files become noncompliant or documentation is missing to further protect fleets. In addition to housing Clearinghouse documentation, Lytx’s Driver Qualification File Management Service helps fleets stay on top of the labor-intensive task of managing renewable and DOT-required documents with a comprehensive auditing service that stores all documents in a secure, centralized repository. Fleets can view and organize documents by company, region, or location and define specific user roles. The customizable file management system and auditing service is designed to help fleets save time and reduce risk while maintaining DOT compliance.
Lytx® is a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety, productivity, and DOT compliance solutions for commercial, public sector, and field service fleets. Our unrivaled Driver Safety Program, powered by our best-in-class DriveCam® Event Recorder, is proven to help save lives and reduce risk. We harness the power of video to help clients see what happened in the past, manage their operations more efficiently in the present, and improve driver behavior to change the future. Our customizable services and programs span driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and more than 1.3 million drivers worldwide. For more information on Lytx telematics systems, visit www.lytx.com, @lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.
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