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Drug Testing Requirements for California - Transportation

28 Jun 2016

In California, in most cases the transportation of passengers for compensation requires operating authority from the PUC.  Two major exceptions are taxicab service, which are subject to local regulation by cities and counties, and medical transportation vehicles.  

Are you regulated by the California Public Utilities (PUC) requiring a controlled substances and alcohol testing policy?  This includes Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Carma and Taxi Magic drivers.  Do you operate a Charter service or airport shuttle, then yes you are also included. 

The California Public Utilities (PUC) requires you to have a drug testing program including a controlled substances and alcohol testing program and policy. 

Who meets these California Public Utilities (PUC) requirements?    

PASSENGER STAGE CORPORATIONS transport passengers between points on an individual fare basis. Examples are fixed-route bus services and "share-the-ride" airport shuttle services.

VESSEL COMMON CARRIERS transport persons or property between points within the state. Examples are commute ferry service on San Francisco Bay and service between California mainland points and Catalina Island.

 Complete Information and Sample Application Packet for PSC and VCC 

CHARTER-PARTY CARRIERS charter their vehicles for the exclusive use of an individual or group. Examples are a group charter of a bus to go to a sporting event and the charter of a limousine for a wedding. Also falling under the charter-party category are some specialized types of passenger carrier services:

  • Round-trip sightseeing service
  • Transportation incidental to another business
  • Transportation under contract to a business, government agency, or private school
  • Transportation of agricultural workers to and from farms

Information and resources for charter-party carrier licensing requirements 

Information and resources for hired drivers using rented vehicles - licensing requirements 

TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform (such as smart phone apps) to connect drivers using their personal vehicles with passengers. (Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Carma and Taxi Magic)

Information and resources for transportation network company licensing requirements 

HOUSEHOLD GOODS CARRIERS transport used household goods and personal effects. They are commonly referred to as "movers" or "moving companies." Household goods carriers are authorized to perform residential moves. By specific election, they may also conduct office moving services under their Commission-issued permit as an alternative to securing a motor carrier permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Contact National Drug Screening for immediate servcice regarding a turn key program for compliance with California Public Utilities (PUC) - controlled substances and alcohol testing policy.  Locations throughout California, call today.