Commercial truck drivers are required to take randomized drug testing. Random alcohol tests are done prior to, during, or directly after a delivery. Commercial truck drivers must submit a FMCSA drug or alcohol test if their employer or supervisor suspects drug or alcohol abuse.
What happens if a truck driver fails a drug test?
Failing a drug test by testing positive or refusing to test will result in your immediate disqualification from performing any safety-sensitive procedures, including driving a commercial vehicle.
Do all trucking companies do random drug test?
During your time as a truck driver, you will also have to perform random drug tests. Random testing is done quarterly. These tests must be done with a random selection rule and all employees must have an equal chance to be tested.
Can you still drive trucks if you fail a drug test?
FMCSA told Overdrive in a statement that any driver who fails a drug test and has not completed the required return-to-duty procedures is disqualified from driving. But, says Close, “it’s up to the employer to learn of it,” if a driver doesn’t notify their fleet they’ve failed a drug test elsewhere.
Is it better to refuse a drug test or fail?
The US Department of Transportation recommends that you always “comply, then complain.” Even if you don’t agree with the test, it is in your best interest to take it. A refusal to take the drug and/or alcohol test is treated the same as a positive result, so it is not recommended that you refuse testing.
What happens if you test positive on a DOT drug test?
Once an employer has received a verified positive drug test result, the employer must immediately remove the employee from DOT covered safety sensitive functions.
What happens if you fail a random drug test?
In most cases, if you fail a pre-employment drug test, you will no longer be eligible for the job. Companies who require pre-employment drug tests must clearly state that the offer of employment is contingent upon a new hire passing a drug screening test.
What drugs do trucking companies test for?
DOT drug tests require laboratory testing (49 CFR Part 40 Subpart F) for the following five classes of drugs:
- Opiates – opium and codeine derivatives.
- Amphetamines and methamphetamines.
- Phencyclidine – PCP.
What do they check for in a DOT physical urine test?
The medical examiner will take urine samples that test for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine and amphetamines/methamphetamines. What if I fail the drug test? Failing any portion of the DOT physical exam could cause your DOT medical certificate to be denied.
Can you reject a drug test?
Employees may refuse to take a workplace drug test – but they can also be fired for that refusal. An employer only needs to demonstrate they had good reason to believe someone was a safety hazard or was unable to perform their job. The employer’s written policy is key in this situation.