Drug testing for truckers via hair progresses as Senate, House introduce bills

Kevin Jones & James Jaillet | November 01, 2013

drug testCompanion bills that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize hair testing as an option for carrier compliance of drug testing requirements for truck drivers were introduced this week in the House and the Senate. 

The bills are aimed at preventing lifestyle drug users from landing jobs as commercial truck drivers. 

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Carriers promote hair drug testing

Major trucking leaders continue to advocate for the option of drug testing using hair instead of urine.

Right now, only urine testing is recognized by Health and Human Services and is mandatory as a pre-employment test for truck driver applicants. 

The Trucking Alliance (a group of large trucking carriers) and the American Trucking Associations are advocates for allowing hair testing to be used instead of urine testing. As noted by a report on Overdrive last year, ATA researcher Abigail Potter, when speaking to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2011, using a hair sample to test for drug use yields much higher positive tests. About 2.4 to 10.4 percent more driver applicants are screened out due to positive drug tests when using hair, she noted. 

Several large carriers already use hair drug testing in their pre-hiring process, including Schneider, J.B. Hunt, Gordon Trucking, C.R. England and Roehl Transport. Click here to see that story.

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The bills introduced in Congress this week also have ties to the drug and alcohol clearinghouse the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it is working on: Requiring HHS to accept hair testing will allow test results from hair-only drug tests to be reported to the clearinghouse. 

A similar bill was introduced last December in the House by Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble, but did not go anywhere. 

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    That is where you are 100% WRONG. The FMCSA have full authority over Canadian drivers if the Canadian company have US DOT # Even if that company have not been inside US BORDERS for a YEAR.
    A Canadian Company operating in Canada and only go to the sates ONCE a year have to follow the US Drug Testing regulation…
    The canadian driver also have to follow the US hours of operation 7 days PRIOR to entering the US. My company just went through a Audit by FMCSA and I had not been in the USA for 8 Months. They have the right to come here and AUDIT the CANADIAN company just like a US company so long as I have a US DOT # on the DOOR…..
    I deal with this as a CEO of the company every day.

  • Craig Vecellio

    “if the Canadian company have US DOT #”……ok so you claim I am 100% wrong then make a statement that proves me right. Thanks. Everything you just said in that last post is in regards to OPERATING IN THE UNITED STATES. If you want to operate IN THE UNITED STATES then yes, you have to follow the FMCSA. You have to log 7 days prior to entry INTO THE UNITED STATES because U.S. law runs an 8 day cycle. Further, you claim “Even if that company have not been inside US BORDERS for a YEAR.” then support that with “My company just went through a Audit by FMCSA and I had not been in the USA for 8 Months.” 8 months is less than a year. If you don’t like it, scrap the USDOT # and stay in Canada.The FMCSA has no authority over Canadian drivers who only run in Canada. If you want to drive in the U.S. then yes you have to abide by U.S. law. Going back to your original complaint, as long as your new hires (the ones you don’t want because they are too high to run a logbook) don’t run in the U.S. then they don’t have to pass U.S. drug tests. That’s by your own statement…”Currently there is NO testing requirement if you don’t cross into the states.” …as it should be, since the FMCSA has no authority over those drivers. Take that up with Canada if you want them tested TO RUN IN CANADA. If they run in the U.S., then of course they have to pass U.S. drug testing…that has nothing to do with running in Canada, and the FMCSA has no authority over drivers and carriers THAT ONLY RUN IN CANADA.

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    Nobody mention I don’t like the US. It was the opposite. The initial statement was if you can remember that far back without spoking a joint.. When will there be drug testing for Canadian drivers.
    Currently there is NO testing requirement if you don’t cross into the states. It’s called a CONVERSATION Industry relation.
    Maybe you have a analphabet Disorder.

  • Craig Vecellio

    I never accused you of saying you don’t like the U.S. I don’t smoke pot, since I do have to follow drug testing. Enough with the personal insults. You’re complaint was “When will there be drug testing for Canadian drivers.
    Currently there is NO testing requirement if you don’t cross into the states.” Then you went on about how the FMCSA should be responsible for it under the claim that the FMCSA has authority over Canadian drivers, “Canada and US is One issue.” but only supporting that statement with examples of Canadian drivers in the U.S. The FMCSA does not have authority over Canadian drivers if they only drive in Canada, and that’s why they don’t get tested. This article thread is about testing regulations in the U.S. so if your original post was only about Canadian drivers in Canada, it doesn’t belong here; that’s why I took your comment to be related to the U.S. It’s not called conversation, it’s called trolling. Bye.

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    FMCSA should be responsible for????????? Can’t find that anywhere in the conversation

  • Craig Vecellio

    Here ya go. “Canada and US is One issue.”

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    I am trying to find where I MADE this statement. (( This was your response FMCSA should be responsible for????????? )))))

  • Craig Vecellio

    And I just pointed out where you made that statement. I’ll do it again since you managed to reply without reading. “Canada and US is One issue.”

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    NOPE The statement you said …… FMCSA should be responsible for????????? Can’t find that anywhere in the conversation

    And which post Canada ONE ISSUE

  • Craig Vecellio

    Your original complaint was about a lack of testing of Canadian drivers on a forum discussing U.S. testing. Also your 2nd post “Sound like you are worried about losing your job if it happens in Canada.” was in response to my first post ” If they don’t cross into the states, why should we care, and why would the FMCSA care?” Since I am already tested under FMCSA regulation, Why would I be worried about losing my job in Canada? Canadian testing or the lack of it is irrelevant. That quote above “Canada and US is One issue.” was from your 3rd post. Taken together that implies that you think the FMCSA should be responsible for Canadian drug testing. Either that, or more likely, you’re just trolling, since your going in circles.

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    No Mention of FMCSA should be responsible for drug testing. Just a Question in general why Canada don’t have mandatory drug testing like US.
    Trying to get feed back from N American Drivers, since you are from Pittsburgh and border CDN.

  • Craig Vecellio

    Okay, now I get what you’re saying…and I have no clue. I know whenever I crossed into Canada for Roehl I had to log according to Canadian law…actually got stuck once because Canadian law says you have to reset after 14 consecutive days even if you still have hours, and the first 12 of those days were in the U.S. so at the time I thought the regs were stricter. Drug testing is such a common requirement in the U.S. (unless you’re on welfare…which is why you see posts about that) that it’s hard for me to imagine having a job without drug testing.

  • Virgin Pacific.Inc

    Problem here is Pot will become legal soon so Enforcement is reluctant to demand testing for something that is legal. As for me I am an advocate for drug testing like US have. Good old drivers here are quitting the business because of unsafe behaviour on the road and in loading places. Keep safe happy driving.

  • Craig Vecellio

    Even in some states where pot is legal, it’s still prohibited to truck drivers….they would have to come up with a pinpoint accurate test before they allowed something like that. We can’t even have hand sanitizer in trucks because it’s alcohol based so it violates alcohol laws for truckers. It sounds like a difference in the opinion of enforcement officers,
    which matches what I experienced crossing the border…I had no problem
    going into Canada but coming back home to the States I was treated like a
    potential terrorist. We have the same issue with veterans dropping out because of unsafe industry trends…ironically some of which are the result of overregulation. The older drivers are used to the idea of driving a few hours, taking a nap, and continuing but with the 14 hour rule, they can’t do that anymore. So now we have drivers forced into fatigued driving.

  • MercenaryMan

    What many are missing about Hair testing is that DNA can be sampled, other health issues could be detected, and then used to deny you the job etc…DNA sampling is a far deeper rabbit hole, WITH all these new medical tests, hair testing, sleep apnea, Doctors being certified, DNA…..What are we flying space shuttles now, or doing interstellar travel instead of Interstate…

  • All Knowin

    it is all hype and hair testing is nothing more than invasion of
    privacy . what i do ON MY TIME is MY BIZ. what i do behind the wheel of a
    truck is the FMCA and DOT biz. they talk about safety as it’s a
    magical word to get regs passed. They need to change the testing method
    alright goto mouth swab tests and conduct them with a level 1
    inspection. thats truly random and not invasive ,besides isnt the issue
    to prevent people under the influence from driving ? and not to penalize them for what they do at home ? I thought i lived in the United States of America not China or North Korea.

  • All Knowin

    Well said … As i am the same way .

  • Trailrunner

    The only problem I have with this is that while I am being held under close scrutiny, those either administering the test of those in leadership positions are not subject to the same standard. So, while I am clean my irate boss may be on some drug that is clouding their decisions and causing their mind to be all over the place. Take the Toronto Canada mayor for instance. This guy came right out and stated that he smoked crack while on a drunken stupor. He admitted to doing this while holding another position leading up to him running for mayor. Give me an fn break. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. This bill needs to include leadership positions/mangers.

  • mousekiller

    Don’t kid your self it is ok to do pot. It effects the brain into thinking things are ok when it is not. I know and saw a driver do his pot thing, Claimed he only did it just before going to sleep. Then he got out of the truck and then to get back in He got a ladder to get back in his truck. He had a conventional tractor. We took pics because he said it didn’t effect him that way. Video too and this put the brakes on his use in a CMV. My take is simple. Sick people use drugs.

  • mousekiller

    At least if they pulled or cut hair I would not be sitting there for 2 hours banging my knees together wishing they would hurry up

  • mousekiller

    Rosco You really need to tone it down . You use the term “You all “and it is not all truckers that leave things behind at WAL Mart. Just a very few do it. It only takes one. I have seen campers dump the black water in the lot, Drivers of pickup trucks change the oil in the lot and let it run to the curb. diapers tossed on the ground. so get it right Rosco. it is not ALL truckers but less then 1/100 % of us are slobs . It is that the slobs do things to be noticed.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    they well lol

  • Linda Perkins

    This is very impressive. DOT drug testing is indeed a very important thing. This ensures safety of transportation employees and the travelling public. With this new technology, it is really necessary to have this drug testing including marijuana testing to transportation staff to prevent accidents.

    -http://www.faadrug.com/

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  • Jimmy the Greek

    Better for all if they just did away with all the testing for every one !

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