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A wildly absurd and, frankly, dangerous long-standing legal loophole in the US will end in early 2020. But, as Freightwaves notes, the upshot of making roads safer may be that truck driver numbers decline further still. The loophole had allowed drivers addicted to drugs to maintain a commercial driver’s licence (CDL). Under the US government’s new CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse programme, set for next year, all CDL applicants will have to pass through the Clearinghouse if they wish to receive their licence – regardless of any past drug records.

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