drug testing

DOT adding four opioids to drug testing panel for truckers

New drugs that drivers will be tested for include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. The drugs are usually taken as pills. According to the CDC, opioid abuse has seen a dramatic increase in recent years.

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Michigan roadside drug test pilot program begins this week

Officers can require a driver to submit to an oral fluid test with a mouth swab at roadside to detect the presence of a controlled substance. The test can determine the presence of Schedule 1-5 controlled substances, much like a breathalyzer detects alcohol.

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Senators press regulators to speed up implementation of driver drug testing changes

The senators noted in the letter the December 2015-passed FAST Act highway bill required the HHS to issue guidelines for hair testing as a method of detecting the use of drugs within one year, but the Dec. 4, 2016, deadline passed without action. Failing to meet the deadline, the letter adds, has prevented the DOT from allowing hair testing to be a federally approved testing method.

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7 U.S. reps back carriers’ request to hasten drug testing change

The April 25 letter from seven members of Congress asks FMCSA to allow 13 large carriers to skip urine tests in favor of hair sample tests “as soon as HHS issues its guidelines and before FMCSA subsequently completes its rule-making process” regarding hair sample testing.

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Pushback on allowing carriers to drug test drivers via hair sample prompts FMCSA to re-open comments

Granting requests made by driver trade unions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has re-opened the public comment period for a request made by some of the country’s largest carriers to allow them to drug test driver applicants via hair sample instead of a urine sample. FMCSA currently only accepts results from urine sample testing.

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Transportation unions look to delay carriers’ driver drug testing request

The Transportation Trades Department, part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), has requested an extra 60 days to comment on the request beyond the current Feb. 21 deadline.

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Big carriers again push FMCSA to allow hair sample drug tests

Some of the country’s largest carriers have joined to file a request with the U.S. DOT to allow them to drug test drivers exclusively via hair sample, in lieu of the traditional and federally required urine sample test.

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DOT soliciting drug test results from random carriers

The random selection is part of FMCSA’s annual Drug and Alcohol Information Survey. The results of the survey are used to determine random drug testing rates for the next year.

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FMCSA calls for 25 percent of truckers to be drug tested in 2017

The agency announced Tuesday that carriers will be required to randomly test at least 25 percent of their drivers in the calendar year. This requirement includes owner-operators leased to carriers.

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Marijuana wins big in 2016 elections, still off limits for truckers, DOT says

After four more states voted to approve legalization of marijuana Tuesday, it appears the Department of Transportation will stand by its previous stance that using marijuana is forbidden for truck drivers as long as it remains a Schedule I drug.

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