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Don’t forget about end-of-year DOT testing

Holidays, vacations increase difficulty of scheduling notifications

Posted December 14, 2018

Holidays and vacations can throw a wrench into any motor carrier’s plans for a smooth transition from the end of one year to the next.

One area that carriers need to closely watch is the number of random Department of Transportation drug and alcohol tests that have been performed.

Carriers subject to 49 CFR Part 382 must meet the minimum annual testing rates. In 2018, the rates are 25 percent for drugs and 10 percent for alcohol. The tests must be completed by the last day of the year.

With only about two weeks remaining in 2018, it is important to consider your last selection and notifications if you haven’t already.

By procrastinating on scheduling, carriers run into issues with increased deliveries over the holiday season, vacations, and company shutdowns, drivers might be unavailable for testing before the end of the calendar year.

When carriers reach the end of the year and find they have not tested enough drivers, some will perform a supplemental draw before time runs out.

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