DOT Random Pool Testing Rate Slashed in Half

Dec 22, 2015

Effective January 1, 2016 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the random pool size of drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) is to be reduced by half.

Currently, 50% off all all drivers must be randomly tested each year and as of 2016, only 25% of drivers will be drug tested. This change has been brought about by an analysis of the data from the DOT’s Management Information System (MIS) which reported that the positive rate for randomly tested drivers had declined below 1% for the past three years. The FMCSA did note, however, that if they see the rate climb above 1% in the future they will increase the pool size back to 50%.

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For information concerning this notice, contact Mr. Juan Moya, Drug and Alcohol Program Manager, Compliance Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590, 202-366-4844 or