For safety and compliance, operators of trucks in the United States have a responsibility to comply with DOT and FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing. For small trucking companies and bus companies looking for an all-in-one solution, National Drug Screening offers a turnkey program for fast and easy compliance.
What are the Requirements for FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing?
DOT FMCSA compliance for drug and alcohol testing is comprised of certain requirements, including:
National Drug Screening offers all of above for one low price. We are an industry leader in DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing. Our clients not only appreciate our great customer service, but we also have some of the lowest priced programs in the nation. Our programs include assistance at no extra charge when you have your new entrant examination or safety audit. Purchase your DOT compliant drug and alcohol package for owner operators today.
How Do You Know If You're Required To Follow FMCSA Regulations?
According to FMCSA, anyone operating a vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is subject to the drug testing regulations set forth by the FMCSA. This includes all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating more than 26,000 pounds. It also includes any vehicle that is placarded for the transport of hazardous materials as well as any vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers.
Some state laws also require a CDL for the legal operation of other types of vehicles, such as limousines, taxis and buses designed to carry less than 16 passengers. These drivers are not subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.
Any employee who operates or is expected to operate, even occasionally, a vehicle that requires a CDL is defined as a driver for purposes of DOT drug and alcohol testing. This includes dispatchers, supervisors, mechanics, fill-in drivers, and anyone else who operates a CMV meeting the criteria despite his or her job title.
FMCSA DOT testing programs must include drivers from staffing services or owner-operators who drive vehicles under the carrier’s U.S. DOT number. Even if the carrier does not sign their paychecks, it is still responsible for their safety compliance.
What Happens if I Have Questions?
At National Drug Screening our services include free ongoing consultation for the small trucking companies and bus companies. Our drug screening compliance experts become your consultant for the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing requirements.
Common Mistakes Made With FMCSA Compliance
When it comes to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing compliance, we see many types of mistakes made by small trucking and bus companies. Some of the most common issues are:
Why Choose National Drug Screening?
At National Drug Screening, we provide DOT FMCSA compliant services for small trucking and bus companies throughout the U.S. Our process is fast, easy and is very affordable. Our programs include the following:
If you get a notice from DOT or FMCSA regarding an audit of your drug and alcohol testing program, call National Drug Screening immediately.
The Consequences Of Failure To Comply:
Penalties are assessed administratively by the FMCSA for violations of parts 382 and 40 and administrative orders may be issued to bring about satisfactory compliance. Criminal penalties are also authorized to be sought in U.S. District Court under certain circumstances.
Call today for expert service for compliance at the most competitive prices in the nation. National Drug Screening is a one stop show to help you with this process and we make it simple, easy and turnkey.
More on DOT Drug Testing and Trucking Companies
Trucking plays a vital role in the American economy. It helps transport raw materials and goods across the country. Close to 60% of all commercial freight is hauled by trucks in the US, that’s a substantial share. With so many trucks plying on the nation’s roads, there are safety regulations put in place by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) in regards to alcohol and drug testing for drivers. FMCSA is an agency within US DOT (Department of transportation)
Operating a trucking company comes with it’s own set of challenges and it requires the owner to always comply with safety rules and regulations. If your company has commercial vehicles requiring drivers with CDL (Commercial Driving License) than you come under the purview of drug testing regulations of FMCSA.
This includes any vehicle:
Drug Testing Rules for Trucking Companies
As per regulations laid out by FMCSA, CDL drivers are required to go through a pre-employment drug screening round before the driver performs any safety-sensitive function. This is a standard 5-panel DOT mandated drug test and tests for Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana (THC Metabolite), Opiates (Heroin included) and Phencyclidine (PCP).
After the initial pre-employment screening, the employer has to perform the tests in the following circumstances:
Urinalysis vs. Hair Follicle
Urinalysis and Hair Follicle are two widely used formats for drug testing. Currently DOT drug testing is urine only. Testing urine samples for drugs is a federally accepted method used by trucking companies and mandated by FMCSA. However, a growing number of trucking companies primarily the big names like J.B. Hunt and Schneider are adopting non-DOT hair follicle drug tests as part of their pre-employment checks. Trucking companies are free to adopt their own tougher non-DOT testing rules but results of these tests cannot be shared with anyone except their human resources departments.
Hair follicle tests can detect traces of drugs as far back as 90 days thus making it a favorable point of argument for trucking companies to keep the roads safe.
Many driver unions on the other hand are united and determined for not allowing hair follicle tests to be a part of the FMCSA testing process. Their view is hair follicle tests are not accurate and ready for prime time.
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If you are the owner of a trucking company or a CDL driver supervisor, get in touch with us to know more about the compliances and regulations involved for drug testing.