‘For hire carriers’ must implement and conduct drug and alcohol testing programs, which must include supervisor training, education for drivers, pre-employment drug testing, conducting random drug testing, post-accident testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing and follow up testing and including a written drug and alcohol testing policy in compliance with DOT and FMCSA regulations.
DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing – ‘For hire carriers’
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An authorized ‘for-hire motor’ carrier transports passengers, regulated property or household goods owned by others for compensation. For hire carriers, in addition to the USDOT number also need to obtain an operating authority (MC number).
National Drug Screening specializes in providing drug and alcohol testing program for ‘For hire carriers’. Our services are affordable, competitive and the best in the nation. Drug testing collection facilities are available through the United States. Services can be set up in one business day, fast and easy and compliant. With DOT services from National Drug Screening, ‘For hire carriers’ can focus their own company resources on the transportation business.
‘For hire carriers’ that fail to conduct the tests or provide the necessary documentation are subject to fines, beginning at $1,000 a day for record keeping failures and up to $10,000 a day for knowingly falsifying records. Audit assistance is always available from National Drug Screening.
‘For hire carriers’ that fail to conduct the tests or provide the necessary documentation are subject to fines, beginning at $1,000 a day for record keeping failures and up to $10,000 a day for knowingly falsifying records. National Drug Screening is available to assist with the required record keeping for drug and alcohol testing program information.
The requirement of a DOT number does not necessarily mean that the ‘for hire carrier’ is required to have the DOT drug and alcohol testing program. Note the differences between the requirements for a DOT number and requirement for the DOT drug and alcohol testing program.
Requirements for a DOT number
- Vehicles that are over 10,000 lbs.
- You transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation
- You transport 16 or more passengers
- You haul hazardous materials
Requirements for the DOT drug and alcohol testing program
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 lbs. or more
- Transporting 16 passengers or more
- Transporting Hazardous Materials requiring placarding
There are many requirements the ‘For hire carriers’ are responsible for. National Drug Screening makes this easy and fast. Our DOT compliant services include:
- Step by step instructions and all required documents – all in one great compliance manual.
- All required DOT forms and documents
- A policy statement on controlled substances use and alcohol misuse in the workplace – your customized DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy
- Educational materials to be distributed to all covered employees
- Supervisor training materials and access to live or on line additional supervisor training
- Employee assistance programs, rehabilitation, and treatment programs information.
- Access to Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for DOT violations
- Copies of DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40 and FMCSA regulation 49 CFR Part 382
- A controlled substances and alcohol testing program for persons, used in duties requiring the driving of CMV’s.
- Random testing instructions for required random testing.
- All required forms for compliance.
- Instructions for required record keeping.
Employers can be held responsible for service agent and vendor errors and resulting civil penalty actions for DOT noncompliance. The employer is ultimately responsible for FMCSA DOT compliance with DOT drug testing regulations. You must have a qualified service provider. Some questions to consider regarding your current vendor for DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing service.
- Does your current vendor answer the phone?
- Do you speak to a person qualified with knowledge of DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing regulations?
- Do you get prompt expert service?
- Do you have a phone number for the company President or Division manager?
- Is your provider a medical clinic with no knowledge of DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing regulations?
- Will your provider be available on a timely basis to help you with a DOT audit or safety review?
- Is your pricing fair and competitive?
- Can your vendor provide testing in all areas of the United States?
- Is drug testing the main service your vendor is providing?
- Do you receive regular updates and news on DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing regulations?
Now is the time to deal with a company that cares about your business and your compliance with DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing. Call National Drug Screening for expert assistance, free consultation and the best services available in the United States.