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Annual DOT Random Drug Testing Rate To Be 25% For 2016

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Summary of the Rule Change effective Jan 1, 2016.

The FMCSA announced that it is “reducing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the current rate of 50 percent of the average number of driver positions to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions, effective in calendar year 2016.”

According to the law in place, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to decrease the minimum annual random testing percentage rate based on the reported positive random test rate for the entire motor carrier industry. During 2011, 2012, and 2013, the positive rate for controlled substances random testing fell below the 1.0 percent threshold for 3 consecutive calendar years.

As a result, the FMCSA is lowering the controlled substances minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions.

“In accordance with 49 CFR 382.305(e)(2) if , in the future, the reported positive rate for any calendar year is equal to or greater than 1.0 percent, the FMCSA Administrator will increase the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 50 percent of all driver positions.”

For more details, here is the full announcement by the FMCSA.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/enforcement/annual-random-controlled-substances-testing-percentage-rate-calendar-year

 

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