ATTENTION – Employers of drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
Posted: January 07, 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that they will be changing the random testing rates for 2016.
Based on the controlled substances random test data in FMCSA’s Management Information System (MIS) for calendar years 2011, 2012, and 2013, the positive rate for controlled substances random testing fell below the 1.0 percent threshold for 3 consecutive calendar years. As a result, the Agency will lower the controlled substances minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions.
The current random testing rate is still at 50% but coming in 2016 it will be reduced to 25%. This would be a great time for you to revisit your program. While many companies may wish to retain their current policy, others may benefit from a reduced spend if they decrease the number of drivers being tested.