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Consortium and Stand Alone Random Testing

25 Jul 2015

... DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Programs – Consortium and Stand Alone Random Testing Programs

Many trucking and bus companies are required to maintain drug and alcohol testing programs including random drug testing.  For the owner operators and smaller companies a consortium random testing program is needed.  The consortium manages the Department of Transportation (DOT) random testing programs of several employers, including those of owner-operators who are not permitted to manage random testing themselves.

How do you know if you are required to have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) DOT drug testing programs?

An employer with employees who fit into the below categories will be required to have a DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program:

The owner or the employers hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), or similar license issued by Mexico or Canada, and operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) in any state.  A CMV is defined as a vehicle:

  • 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

Those owner operators and companies that fit this criteria must implement a DOT drug and alcohol testing program including a random testing program with either a stand-alone or consortium random testing program.  Setting up a program for your business to be in compliance with this DOT regulation may not be as difficult or expensive as you may think.

National Drug Screening offers DOT drug and alcohol testing programs for large, medium, small and owner operator companies.  These programs include stand-alone random testing programs and consortium random testing programs.  It is easy for trucking companies and bus companies to be in compliance with DOT and FMCSA regulations.

For small companies and owner operators, the consortium program works best and can be set up in two business days.  Immediately upon getting set up you will receive a Certificate of Enrollment to verify your compliance with the random drug testing requirements.  Random drug and alcohol is conducted quarterly and you will be notified by e-mail and/or phone call of you random selections each quarter.  Remember this program is about safety so be sure you are in compliance so that you are in compliance with regulations DOT 49 CFR Part 40 and FMCSA 49 CFR Part 382.

National Drug Screening will assist trucking companies with new entrant examinations and FMCSA audits.  Always notify us immediately when you receive a notice of a new entrant examination, safety review or full audit.  We can then help you get ready for the audit.

Some of the items that might be required in when you are visited by the FMCSA include:

  • Controlled substance testing records for the past 365 days, results and summaries
  • Verification of pre-employment negative drug test prior to the driver performing safety sensitive duties
  • Verification of enrollment in random testing program either stand-alone or consortium
  • Documentation of distribution of driver information materials
  • Documentation of required DOT Supervisor Training for Reasonable Suspicion Determinations
  • Verification of written DOT drug and alcohol testing policy

DOT random testing consortium programs for owner operators are easy to implement and affordable – less than $100.00 per year. Act now to have a safe organization in compliance and avoid fines of up to $10,000 per violation.