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FMCSA begins requesting results of drug, alcohol tests for annual survey

January 23, 2017

Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Annual Drug and Alcohol Information Survey is underway.

The agency announced Jan. 17 that it has begun requesting selected motor carriers to submit the results of their drug and alcohol testing programs for 2016. Those carriers are required to respond by March 15 or be subject to civil penalties.

FMCSA uses results from the annual survey to determine random testing rates. The rate for calendar year 2017 is 25 percent, but the agency stated it reserved the right to increase the rate to 50 percent if positive drug tests reach 1 percent or higher among drivers.

The Department of Transportation tests for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and phencyclidine. Its alcohol test identifies concentrations of alcohol that are 0.02 percent or greater.

Drivers and motor carriers who have questions about the survey are encouraged to contact FMCSA by email at FMCSAdrugandalcohol@dot.gov or by phone at (202) 366-4844.