FMCSA Reduces Drug Testing Requirement for 2016

The Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reduced the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing for drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV's) requiring a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). 

Effective January 1, 2016, carries must now randomly drug test at least 25% of the average number of driver positions. Previously, 50% was mandated.

The FMCSA reduced the annual percentage because the positivity rate for controlled substances fell below 1.0% for three consecutive calendar years (2011-2013).

Businesses should remember that the 2016 minimum alcohol test remains unchanged at 10% of the average population of the FMCSA pool.

  • Employers will be required to conduct fewer random drug tests in 2016 than in 2015.
  • Companies operating more than one DOT number should establish a separate random testing pool for each.