The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is randomly selecting trucking companies to submit their 2016 U.S. DOT drug testing results to the agency.
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.
FMCSA says companies are already being notified and are required to complete the annual survey by March 15. Fleets that fail to respond could face civil penalties, the agency adds.
In December, FMCSA announced it would keep the random drug testing rate for drivers at 25 percent based on information provided in last year’s survey. As long as the positive test rate remains below 1 percent, FMCSA can keep the random testing rate at 25 percent. If the positive test rate rises above 1 percent, though, the random testing rate automatically jumps to 50 percent.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.