FMCSA extends comment period for hair analysis exemption application

Request to reopen docket made by labor organizations

Posted February 27, 2017

The public comment period for an exemption to allow hair testing in lieu of urine analysis for DOT pre-employment drug screens has been reopened.

Previously, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice announcing that an exemption application was submitted by a number of major carriers. Public comments were to be taken through February 21, 2017.

Two labor organizations requested a 60-day extension of the comment period. As a result, FMCSA reopened the comment period on February 24, 2017, and announced it will continue to take comments on the exemption application through April 25, 2017.

How to submit comments

You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA-2017-0002 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
  • Fax: (202) 493-2251.

Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, including any personal information included in a comment.


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