The United States Department of Transportation is a federal Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transportation. Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future”.
Its origins date back to an act of Congress on October 15, 1966 and began its operations on April 1, 1967. The head of the department is known as the United Secretary of Transportation who is appointed by the President (our current Secretary is Ray LaHood). The Department of Transportation has many agencies that operate below it such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Surface Transportation Board (STB).
How does this affect you? Well, in 1990 the DOT began requiring all operators of commercial vehicles to be drug tested. Also, in 1995 they began requiring CDL holders to be alcohol tested as well.
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