Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
January 7, 2020

Drug / Alcohol Clearinghouse Problems

FMCSA’s CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse became operational yesterday. Due to capacity issues, many Clearinghouse users trying to register, query, upload, or find information experienced error messages. FMCSA is working to resolve the capacity issues as quickly as possible.


However, in the meantime, below is the specific language that FMCSA will be posting and disseminating regarding the hiring process while users are unable to access the Clearinghouse.


Notice:   The clearinghouse is currently experiencing some intermittent technical issues.  If you are an employer currently experiencing technical difficulties accessing the Clearinghouse and are unable to conduct required pre-employment queries, you may hire a driver using solely the procedures set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e). Once FMCSA has determined and announced that users are able to access the Clearinghouse, pre-employment queries must also be conducted as required by section 382.701(a).  


7 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Courtesy Heavy Duty Trucking

The federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is finally rolling out in January 2020. This electronic database that will track commercial driver’s license holders who have tested positive for prohibited drug or alcohol use, as well as refusals to take required drug tests, and other drug and alcohol violations. In addition, when a driver who has been found to be in violation completes the required return-to-duty process, this information will also be recorded in the clearinghouse.  Read More...


National Western Stock Show Professional Bull Riders Finals
Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Great Event to bring your customers or potential customers while adding a fun evening.

Sponsorships available - contact
Sponsored by the Allied Group of CMCA.

Click here to register-LAST CHANCE!
Start of 2020 UCR Registration Period Remains Delayed
Board to Review Enforcement Delay at Jan. 28 Meeting

(January 2, 2020) – As the new year begins, the start of the registration period for the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program remains delayed until further notice.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) confirmed this week that the process to establish a final rulemaking for 2020 is still underway within the agency.

The UCR Board of Directors (Board) recommends that states and law enforcement delay enforcement for three months starting from the effective date of the 2020 fees as required in the UCR Agreement.  The Board will review the current situation at its next meeting on January 28 and may take action to recommend a slightly longer enforcement delay depending on when the three-month grace period expires.  Once fees for the 2020 Registration Year are effective, we will, of course, post another message immediately.

CMCA has confirmed with the PUC that CY2020 UCR payments are currently on hold.  We will alert you when the system is ready to accept processing.

2019-2020 Safety Award Nominations

The Safety Management Council of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is pleased to provide Safety Award Nominations.   You will find nomination forms for:

Driver of the Month / Driver of the Year
Safety Professional of the Year
Fleet Safety Awards (View Fleet Safety Instructions)

Here are some ideas and comments from the Safety Award Selection Committee Judges on this year’s applications.  Safety Awards Banquet Sponsorships are also available  (deadline is April 3rd).  Read more...

Do NOT Abbreviate 2020 on Legal Documents!

The new year is providing a new opportunity for scam artists to forge checks and other documents.  For example, if writing the date as 1/6/20, a scammer can easily change it to 1/6/2019 or some other year.  Protect yourself and do not abbreviate 2020!
Legislative Reception - Jan. 22nd

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Subject: Legislative Reception

The Colorado Motor Carriers Association and

NATMI present

Fleet Safety Certification Courses

Motor Fleet Safety Basics – January 27–28, 2020

Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs – January 29-30, 2020 

Certification Exam – January 31, 2020

Denver, CO ~ View More Info

Scholarship Applications Available

The CMCA Scholarship Committee met and has released applications for the 2020-2021 Ray Smith Scholarship Program.

Eligible recipients include High School graduating seniors to returning College and Technical School students.  Scholarships valued at up to $2,500 will be awarded in May.

Annually, the Ray Smith Scholarship program helps fund continuing education / training for worthy students furthering their academic or technical training.  The Scholarship Program is funded through generous donations from CMCA members, memorial gifts and other fundraising activities.  For more information on the program, visit our website.

Download an ACADEMIC scholarship application

Download a VOCATIONAL scholarship application

Completed applications MUST be received in full by 4:00pm on April 30, 2020. 

 Training Calendar - Click Here to Register! 

January 9, 2020 - Annual Vehicle Inspection/Appendix G (8am-Noon)

January 16, 2020 - Designated Employer Representative Seminar (8:30am-4:30pm)

January 23, 2020 - Surviving DOT Audits (8am-Noon)

Events/Meetings Calendar - Click Here to RSVP! 

January 9, 2020 - Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse Workshop on Western Slope (8:30am-11:30am)

January 14, 2020 - Allied Meeting (11:30am-12:30pm)

January 14, 2020 - Maintenance Council Meeting (5:30-7:30pm)

January 15, 2020 - Board of Directors Meeting (10am-Noon)

January 15, 2020 - Professional Bull Riders Finals and Dinner (starts 4:30pm)

January 22, 2020 - Legislative Reception (5:30-7:30pm)

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