For 3 consecutive years the positive rate for controlled substances is less than 1%. The FMCSA has lowered the random drug test rate from 50% to 25% for 2016 – effective January 1. If at any time the rate rises above 1%, the FMCSA will raise the random drug test rate back to 50%.
The alcohol test rate remains at 10%.
This is good news for driver and for the industry. Trucking has worked hard to keep controlled substances out of our workplace. This reduction in regulatory burden will reduce time and expense for the companies and drivers who are responsible for these good results.