Drug and Alcohol
Question: Is a motor carrier required to administer a DOT pre-employment drug test on a driver that received a verified negative test result on the initial pre-employment drug test, but was not placed into the motor carrier’s DOT random testing pool and more than 30 days has elapsed since the date of the first test?
Process and Payment for Split Specimen Test: If a driver makes a timely request for a split-specimen test within 72 hours after being notified by the Medical Review Officer (MRO) of a positive DOT drug test, and the driver cannot cover the cost of the split-specimen test, will the split-specimen test proceed without payment?
My company received a communication entitled, “Urgent Compliance Notice” which states that our company is not in compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol training requirements and will be subject to civil penalties up to $10,000, if our supervisors do not have at least an hour of controlled substance abuse and 1 hour alcohol misuse training pursuant to 49 CFR §382.307 (e.g. reasonable suspicion training). Is this a legitimate notice and is my company required to get training from the company that sent this solicitation?
Requirements While Not Performing Safety-Sensitive Functions: A CDL driver is selected for a random drug test and the employer directs the driver to be tested when he was (off duty) not performing a safety-sensitive function. The collection site instructs the driver to submit to a random drug test and a random alcohol test. The driver tests positive for the random alcohol test. Is the driver required to undergo the return-to-duty process before performing safety sensitive duties again as a result of the positive alcohol test?
Random Testing Selection Period: A driver that was selected in the first quarter but was tested on April 4. Is the motor carrier in violation for not testing the driver in the selection period they were selected, since the first quarter selection runs from January 1 to March 31? Also, does this random test count towards the first quarter or second quarter?
Occasional Drivers: My company purchased a large truck that is over 26,001 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). We do not currently employ any commercial driver’s license (CDL) drivers. The vehicle has only been driven a few times by a family friend, who is not an employee and has driven the vehicle as a favor absent any compensation. Does our company need a DOT drug and alcohol testing program to test this occasional driver?
The Custody and Control Form for a pre-employment DOT test mistakenly indicated that the test was conducted pursuant to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) authority. The form should have indicated that the employee was a CDL-driver, being tested pursuant to FMCSA authority. Does this procedural error require the employee to have another pre-employment drug/alcohol test?
Self-Admission: A driver admits to a company official they have used a controlled substance as defined in the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA-5) for a 5 panel DOT drug test, however, the self-admission does not meet the criteria under 49 CFR § §382.121 ( a) (1-4)382.121 (a) (1-4) or the employer does not have a qualified voluntary self-identification program under 49 CFR §382.121 (b). Does this trigger a DOT Evaluation and the return-to-duty process?