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Drug Testing Consortium – Texas Tow Truck Operators

26 Mar 2016

Tow truck operators and vehicle storage facility operators are highly regulated in Texas and those regulations’ include enrollment into an approved drug testing consortium.  Tow truck operators must have a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program similar to that of a DOT – FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program.  The drug testing consortium utilized must be on an approved drug testing consortium list maintained by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

The authority for these requirements is the Texas Towing Act and the Texas Vehicle Storage Facility Act; Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2308 and Chapter 2303; Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 60.  Tow truck operators must be a member of a random testing consortium or develop their own drug testing policy.  If using their own policy, a tow truck license will not be approved until the drug testing policy is approved.  It is much easier to use a drug testing vendor like National Drug Screening who is on the TDLR Approved Consortium List.

All tow truck operators are required to take a drug and alcohol test for the presence of the following substances: marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), opiates and alcohol.  The testing must follow HHS-SAMHSA guidelines with qualified specimen collectors, SAMHSA certified laboratories and review/verification by a medical review officer (MRO).

Tow truck operators or vehicle storage facility (VSF) operators must be aware that a confirmed and verified positive drug and/or alcohol test will cause their removal from a towing operation and/or VSF duties and they may be subject to disciplinary action up to termination.  Positive drug and/or alcohol screen test results must be made available for review by the medical review officer (MRO), the company, and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) in connection with determining whether an employee violated the drug and/or alcohol testing policies established by 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 85 and 86 (the Rules).  These employees agree that TDLR may use verified positive test results in an administrative hearing to enforce an alleged violation of the rules.  

The testing requirements for the TDLR required drug testing are as follows:

  • Pre-employment: All applicants who have received a conditional offer of employment must take a drug test before receiving a final offer of employment.
  • Annual: All employees must complete at least one scheduled drug test every 12 months, beginning with the date of their initial license or renewal.
  • Random Testing: In addition to annual testing, employees are subject to random urine drug testing. At least 25 percent of the total number of employees must be tested at random every year.

It is important to ask your drug testing provider if they are providing all of the compliance provisions of the TDLR required drug testing program.  Many just provide the consortium testing but there are other requirements:

  • Comprehensive drug free workplace policy
  • Use of a laboratory that is certified and monitored by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Distribution of Information to Employees
  • Specific Drug Testing Consent Form
  • Specific Collection Procedures

The TDLR provides a model policy that will apply to all towing operators, vehicle storage facility (VSF) employees, and job applicants, with the following exceptions:

  • Towing operators subject to random drug testing under Title 49, Code of Federal Regulation, Part 40 who have been randomly tested in the 12-month reporting period are exempt from the annual test requirement, provided that the towing operator’s tested negative and the negative test results are submitted to and verified by the MRO.
  • Towing operators holding a valid Towing Operator License issued by the department who are tested for drugs in accordance with 16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 85.  

The TDLR Approved Consortium List as of March 2016 is provided below:

 

1st Care Medical Testing

ATTN Dr. Hank Miller, 5790 West Hwy 287, Midlothian, TX 76065

A & C Drug and Alcohol Screen

STE 11, 126 PARK, PHARR, TX 78577

Absolute Drug & Alchol Testing, LLC

2508 Highway 59 Bypass, Cleveland, TX 77327

Accutrace

5612 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Arlington, TX 76017

Active Drug Screening

1520 Dumas Drive, Amarillo, TX 79107

Advanced Collateral Recovery LLC

no address on file

Advantage Drug Testing

Ste 4, 3350 McFaddin St., Beaumont, TX 77706

Allied Compliance Services, Inc

2827 74th Street, LUBBOCK, TX 79423

Alvarado Chiropractic Health & Wellness

805 E Hwy 67, Alvarado, TX 76009

America's Coast to Coast Drug Testing(ACCDT)

7501 Lockheed Ste D, El Paso, TX 79925

American Alliance Drug Testing (AADT)

326 N Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786-6031

Any Time Analysis

1507 S College Ave, Bryan, TX 77801

Anytime Mobile Testing and Analysis

Suite 213, 16422 Stuebner-Airline, Spring, TX 77379

Austin Drug Test

Attn Joseph H Lones III, DC, 10102 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Austin Mobile Drug Testing

SUITE H, 402 WEST PALM VALLEY BLVD, ROUND ROCK, TX 78664

Brown Chiropractic and DOT Physicals

746 Elm St., Graham, TX 76450

CDT Services

324 Bliss, Dumas, TX 79029

Chem Chek, Inc.

Ste 102, 1701 N Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75081

cmci

P O BOX 1000, ATTN STEVE NICKELL, GRAIN VALLEY, MO 64029

CMI

6704 Guada Coma, Schertz, TX 78154

Compliance Consortium Corporation

PO BOX 932, Belton, TX 76513-0932

Compliance Safety Systems

99 Regency Pkwy Ste. 313, Mansfield, TX 76063

Compliance Solutions

101 N Main St, Suite 100, Jacksboro, TX 76458

CRS Diagnostic Services, LLC.

ATTN: Shawn Shupe,

Driver Compliance

205 N. Temple Drive, Diboll, TX 75941

Driving Safety Services

110 Merchant Street, El Campo, TX 77437

Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services

450 E Loop 281, Ste C-2, Longview, TX 75605

Drug Screen Compliance & Consortium of the Southwest and Lou's Clinical Lab

706 N Adams, Odessa, TX 79761

Drugcheck, LLC

2907A West Oak Street, Palestine, TX 75801

East Texas Drug Testing

1302 South Medford Drive, POBOX 151453, Lufkin, TX 75915-1453

East Texas Testing

Suite C, 1000 E Palestine Ave, Palestine, TX 75801

FleetScreen

SUITE 480, 6000 WESTERN PLACE, FORT WORTH, TX 76107

Foley Services, Inc

655 Winding Brook Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Houston Medical Testing Services, Inc. (HMTS)

2646 So Loop West, Ste. 550, , Houston, TX 77054

Independent Testing Services of East Texas

5021 Justin Street, Suite C, Nacogdoches, TX 75965

Infinity Drug & Alcohol Screening

922 W Nolana Loop, Suite D, Pharr, TX 78577

Island Health Center, P.A.

4623 Fort Crockett Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551

Karma Compliance Inc.

7412 82nd street suite D., Lubbock, TX 79424

Melody's Southwest Consortium

PO BOX 61992, San Angelo, TX 76906

Mobile Drug Testing

7191 Bagby Ave, %Aimee Hoffman, Waco, TX 76712

National Drug Screening

Tom Fulmer, 2101 Waverly Place Suite 200D, Melbourne, FL 32901 - 866-843-4545

NATIONWIDE TESTING ASSOCIATION

772 N BROAD ST, MOORESVILLE, NC 28115

Nationwide Testing Systems

835 West 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008

New Era Drug Testing

432 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204

Occupational Healthcare

610 S Main Street, Highlands, TX 77562

Onsite Testing Solutions

Po Box 66, Houston, TX 77001

P.R.I.M.E. Services, Inc

3400 Olsen Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79109

Panhandle Employers Services, Inc.

881 Casino Rd, Nocona, TX 76255

PRECISION DRUG TESTING CONSORTIUM

305 SOUTH FIFTH STREET, CROCKETT, TX 75835

Southeast Texas Drug Screening

no address on file

STAT Labs, Inc.

9235 Hwy 146, Ste 4, Baytown, TX 77520

STATEWIDE TOWING AND STORAGE CONSORTIUM

SUITE 550, 2646 SOUTH LOOP WEST, HOUSTON, TX 77054

Texas Alcohol & Drug Testing Service, Inc.(TADTS)

16903 Red Oak Dr., Ste 130, Houston, TX 77090

Texas Towing Operators Consortium

Suite 189, 654 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060

Texas Vehicle Storage Consortium

Suite 189, 654 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060

Thumbs Up Compliance, LLC

5 Meadowbrook, Suite C, Temple, TX 76502

Travelers Medical Center

Suite A202, 9708 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

US Drug Test Centers

505 E. Windmill Ln Ste 1C #125, Las Vegas, NV 89123

USA Mobile Drug Testing of Dallas

Michael Rannigan, 2921 Brokenspoke Lane, Rockwall, TX 75087

USA Mobile Drug Testing of Houston North

Tona Trondsen, 1415 South Voss ste 110 520, Houston, TX 77057

USA Mobile Drug Testing of SE Texas

Aaron Dugas, po box 418, Bronson, TX 75930

Workplace Compliance, Inc.

no address on file