U.S, Mexico Sign Memorandum of Understanding On Drug And Alcohol Testing of Commercial Drivers
U.S. Department of Transportation
June 10, 1998
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 10, 1998
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel.: (202) 366-5571
The United States and Mexico today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which Mexico will assure that its drug and alcohol testing program for commercial drivers meets U.S. standards. The United States will assist Mexico in these efforts.
"I commend the government of Mexico for its progress in strengthening its drug and alcohol testing program for commercial drivers," Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater said. "This partnership between our countries will enable us to enjoy the economic benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement while continuing to maintain the highest standards of safety on our highways. We look forward to continuing to assist the Mexican government in implementing its testing programs."
Secretary Slater and Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transportation Carlos Ruiz Sacristan signed the MOU today in Washington at the annual U.S.-Mexico Binational Commission meeting.
In December 1989, DOT began to require drug testing under a program to create a drug-free transportation workplace in the United States. The regulations require employers to establish drug prevention programs that include pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable cause and random drug testing. Rules requiring similar programs for alcohol were adopted in February 1994. The rules apply to workers with safety-sensitive positions in the motor carrier industry as well as in the aviation, maritime, railroad, transit and pipeline industries. As of July 1997 all motor carriers based in other countries were required to comply with the requirements for their drivers who operate within the United States.
Under the MOU, Mexico has begun a testing program that corresponds to U.S. requirements. The Mexican government will carry out the testing functions, and DOT will continue its ongoing effort to provide technical assistance to Mexico in its implementation of drug and alcohol testing programs. This includes program consultation, training of government personnel, and providing public service announcements to Mexican media.
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