DOT Compliance

With roughly 500 commercial truck accidents happening a year due to alcohol intoxication, it’s critical for drivers, trucking companies, and self owner-operators to understand the risks and liabilities that come with the combination of alcohol and commercial truck driving. What are the regulations and consequences—and how can truck drivers protect themselves, other drivers, and their companies? Below we will explain everything from the legal blood alcohol level to helpful things that drivers can do to avoid drinking while working. A Truck Drivers’ Alcohol Limit Is Cut In Half Truck drivers are monitored much more closely than regular drivers, with good reason. They are...

When it comes to drug testing employees, one of the trucking industry’s biggest problems is the easy access to purchase synthetic urine. Whether it’s for pre-employment, random testing, or anything else, synthetic urine has been presenting a serious issue for the industry for awhile. Failed drug tests remain a serious problem, with many companies complaining that as many as half of applicants fail the drug screening required. What Is Synthetic Urine? It’s fake pee to help employees pass a drug screening. This varies from state to state, but synthetic urine can be purchased at smoke shops, adult shops, online, and even some...

For the commercial trucking industry, DOT compliance regulations require employers to administer post-accident drug testing when a driver is involved in an accident. This means they will be given a drug and alcohol screening when they’re involved in an accident where someone has died, been injured, or where their vehicle has been towed and a ticket has been issued. Can The Police Demand A Drug Test? An employer has the right to demand post-accident drug testing—it’s actually policy, as mentioned above—but police officials do not have that same right. However, they can detain the driver, go before a judge, and get a...

When it comes to DOT compliance for your commercial truck company—even if you’re a self-owned and operated truck owner—there’s no room to make mistakes. DOT regulations are put into place to help prevent accidents, and they are taken very seriously. When a driver violates these regulations, there are many negative repercussions. Besides the fact that the safety of the driver and public are put into jeopardy, the truck company’s reputation can be damaged, and there will be penalties, fees, and maybe even jail time. To help trucking companies and owner-operators, here is a DOT compliance checklist for 2017: Are You Making...

As the owner of a commercial trucking company or a self-owned and operated trucker, it’s of the utmost importance for you to be a responsible with the regulations that come with the career you’ve chosen. This means that your company should be 100% in line with DOT compliance. Even if it’s just you and no employees, you still must adhere to the Department of Transportation and its requirements. Why Drug Testing Is A Necessity DOT compliance requirements include a drug- and alcohol-free work policy for commercial truck drivers—meaning pre-employment drug screens, random drug screens, screens under reasonable suspicion of drug abuse, and...

As the trucking industry continues to be highly competitive, more and more trucking companies are hiring drivers who abide by the rules and regulations set forth by DOT guidelines. Truck companies have seen that by hiring drivers who stick to the rules, they not only gain better drivers, they also help protect their company’s reputation and the safety of the public. With the presence of drug abuse from drivers and the effects this has on their business, truck companies simply can’t risk a bad safety record. With a strong safety record, a trucking company can give themselves a big advantage over...

According to the Wall Street Journal, more American workers are testing positive for drugs than they have in the last twelve years as of spring 2017. Researchers believe that this drug test spike is a result of the legalization of marijuana in several states (including California), although cocaine and methamphetamine have seen an increase as well. This of course has been a huge issue for companies, both DOT and non-DOT. As more and more business owners have to deal with the possibility of their employees using drugs, it’s important to know what signs to look for in order to prevent accidents...

For thousands of people who are in severe pain due to injuries, illnesses, and surgeries, hydrocodone seems like a port in a storm. This painkiller provides pain relief, and there are over 140 million hydrocodone prescriptions written each year—making it the #1 prescribed drug in America. Hydrocodone is fine as long as it’s not abused, but unfortunately, it is very often abused, which is why drug screening for truckers is so important. Users can easily become addicted due to its painkilling ability. A hydrocodone abuser will take more than they’re supposed to, take it more often than they’re supposed to, will...

Most truckers understand that when they’re in an accident with their vehicle on the job, they are required to have a drug screening afterward to make sure the accident wasn’t caused by intoxication. However, what many truckers may not know is that they’re only subject to drug screening after the accident if the accident meets the criteria of DOT compliance. Here are the situations in which a truck driver would be required to have a post-accident DOT drug and alcohol test. Human Fatality If the truck driver is involved in an accident and a human or humans are killed, they will be required to...

Because truck drivers are in such safety-sensitive positions, the DOT requires random drug testing to ensure that drivers are of sound mind to operate the trucks. But how exactly does the random selection process work? Is it really random? Who’s doing the selecting? Here’s a few basics of the random drug testing process. How Does Random Drug Selection Work? It’s as simple as your drivers’ names being put into a testing pool. A computer-generated selection will be made so that all employees have an equal chance of being chosen for drug testing. Once a driver is selected, he or she needs to report...