FMCSA — Lowers the Drug Testing Rate
Starting January 1st, 2016, the FMCSA has lowered the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL driver positions to 25%.
The decision was based on three consecutive years of federal surveys that found less than 1% of tests to be positive for controlled substances. This change will help reduce the testing burden faced by the industry, and has received support from the American Trucking Association.
If at any time the positive rate for controlled substances exceeds 1%, the testing rate will revert back to 50%. But for the calendar year of 2016, carriers should plan for 25%.
This change does not alter the minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing. That will remain at 10% for 2016.