Last updated on February 8th, 2021 at 10:39 am
…DOT Answers the Question of What Are Consortium/Third-Party Administrators
Owner-operators required to register with a consortium for DOT drug and alcohol testing. If you have a CDL and operate an interstate or/and intrastate business on public roads and meet the criteria below for then you to be subject to DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations.
Do you operate a truck or bus:
- with a gross vehicle weight rating/gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight rating/gross combination weight of 26,001 or more lbs, or
- designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or
- of any size that is used to transport hazardous materials which require the vehicle to be placarded
How does the DOT Consortium Work
At National Drug Screening we enroll owner operators into our DOT FMCSA Random Drug Testing Consortium with one day service. You are place in a random pool with other owner operators and other drivers from small trucking companies. You are then subject to unannounced quarterly random drug and alcohol testing. If you are selected for a random drug or alcohol test you will be called in the morning and you are to immediately report for you testing. Our office will assist you in finding a testing location based on where you are located at the time.
Of course your first step before operating in the safety sensitive position is to have a pre-employment drug test and receive a negative results. With one phone call you can order you pre-employment drug test and join our DOT FMCSA Random Drug Testing Consortium. Once you sign up you will receive your certificate of enrollment the same day.
Joining the National Drug Screening DOT FMCSA Random Drug Testing Consortium will give you peace of mind that you are complete compliance with the DOT regulations for drug and alcohol testing. With over 20 years of experience National Drug Screening is your best choice for your requirement to join a DOT FMCSA Random Drug Testing Consortium. National Drug Screening is a nationally recognized third party administrator (TPA-C/TPA) of drug and alcohol testing services.
DOT Answers the Question of What Are Consortium/Third-Party Administrators
Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) manage all, or part, of an employer’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program, sometimes including maintaining required testing records. They perform tasks as agreed to by the employer to assist in implementing the drug and alcohol testing program and to help keep the employer compliant with the DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations.
A consortium will often manage the DOT random testing programs of several employers, including those of owner-operators who are not permitted to manage random testing themselves. Consortiums that manage owner-operator programs play a very unique service agent role. While §40.355(k) prohibits service agents from serving as “designated employer representatives” (DER), the consortium is authorized to perform a number of employer functions in cases of owner-operators, and single driver employers.
For immediate service to join a DOT FMCSA Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPA) call now at – 866-843-4545.