The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA - DOT) has announced that, starting in 2016, the new random testing rate for drivers has been lowered to 25% (from 50%).
You may find the notice at:
The change was made pursuant to 49 CFR 382.305, which allows for the random testing rate to be lowered if the positive drug test rate falls below 1.0% for three years in a row according to controlled substances random test data in FMCSA's Management Information System (MIS). Note: The positive rate was below 1.0% from 2011 - 2013, which prompted this change for 2016.
What does this mean for trucking companies and those that employ drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)?
With an estimated 6 million CMV drivers covered by the FMCSA/Department of Transportation (DOT) testing rules in the U.S.A., the new lower testing percentage is likely to save employers a bundle. Example: Instead of paying for 3 million random drug tests in 2016 (50%), employers will only be required to pay for 1.5 million random tests (25%) ... This adds up to a savings of at least 75 million dollars for trucking/transportation companies that employ truck drivers in the U.S.! (Note: This is assuming a low-end test cost of $50 for each drug test/collection.)
Besides the health, social, and safety benefits of a drug-free workforce, there are definitely financial benefits to keeping your employees drug free, as well!
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