FMCSA increases random drug test rate to 50% for 2020

From Transport Topics.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for truck drivers.

According to a document published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27, the agency is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing from 25% of the average number of driver positions to 50% of the average number of driver positions. This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

For reference, FMCSA estimates there are 3.2 million commercial driver license holders participating in interstate commerce and 1 million CDL holders participating in intrastate commerce. Under the annual random testing rate of 25% of all driving positions, this meant at least 1.05 million random controlled substances tests were to be conducted. With a new annual random testing rate of 50%, approximately 2.1 million random tests will need to be conducted in 2020.

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Note from MTAC: Participation in MTAC drug and alcohol testing consortium, which is administered by Fleet Screen, will ensure compliance with this regulation, while saving members money and easing their administrative burdens. Contact the MTAC office if you need to get signed up for the MTAC drug and alcohol testing consortium.