What to Know about Drug Testing Requirements for CDL Holders

Many companies first entering the industry may have questions regarding the process of drug testing for CDL holders and what responsibility owner/operators have. The first thing you must take away from this is that urine drug testing became mandatory for commercial drivers in 1989 and a further amendment in 1994 added breath-alcohol testing in certain circumstances. It is also important to note that additional laws may exist in certain states and that it is the responsibility of the trucking company to make itself familiar with them.

The basic principle of the law includes vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more and also includes those drivers who may be transporting hazardous material. Also, it is important to note that the type of drug screening given to commercial drivers is a standard five-panel drug screen that will test of the following substances:

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Some important things to remember are that it never depends on the size of your company. Thinking that you won’t get audited by the Department of Transportation because you’re too small is a mistake. In fact, many times the DOT will audit small companies for the reason of cutting corners. Also, owner/operators are also definitely required to participate in the drug screenings.

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