DOT: FAQ's

frequently asked questions:

1. Where are the Department of Transportation regulations found? They can be found at this link and in the following sections:
Reasonable suspicion regulation 382.307
Policy regulation 382.601
Consortium regulation 382.303


2. What qualifies us as being required to drug test?
Regulation 382.103

3. How much am I required to test to meet Department of Transportation Requirements?

DOT AGENCY

RANDOM DRUG TESTING RATE

random alcohol testing rate

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 25% 10%
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 25% 10%
Federal Railroad Administration (FRTA) 25% 10%
Federal transit Administration (FTA) 25% 10%
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 25% not applicable
United States Coast Guard (USCG) 50% not applicable


4. How do I do random drug testing with only one driver?
A one-driver company has to go into a consortium made up of many other companies.

5. Why Should I go into the consortium?
Less testing in the long run and you are still compliant.

6. Why does my company have to do random DOT drug Testing?
If you have employees that operate a vehicle that is 26,001 pounds or more, the Department of Transportation requires you use a scientific random selection method for drug testing.

7. Why would I want to drug test my non-DOT employees (workplace)?
Having a drug free workplace can create a safer environment, increase productivity and morale, lower absenteeism, theft, accidents, worker’s comp claims, and possibly worker’s comp insurance premiums. Consult your Department of Labor to see if you have a state sponsored DFWP. (If you live in KY, you have to drug test in order to qualify for the Kentucky Drug Free Workplace Program. This could save you 5% on workers compensation.)