DOT Compliance

There are over 20 states in the U.S. that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Those who have a legitimate medical marijuana card are protected by laws that allow them to use marijuana after receiving a doctor’s written authorization. If a person meets the requirements for receiving a medical marijuana card, they cannot be prosecuted for use and possession of a certain amount of marijuana. But what about in the workplace? Are medical marijuana card holders held accountable for a positive drug test? What Are the Limitations on Medical Marijuana? People who are taking medications for a disability are protected from discrimination...

Drug abuse can affect all different kinds of people and in many different ways. People start taking drugs for a number of reasons, and a few include stresses at home, work, child care, and their financial situation. Even if you require drug testing at your place of work, you can’t guarantee that all employees will remain drug-free. And the nature of drug abuse is defined by a person’s lack of control in stopping or reducing drug use. For all workplaces that involve the use of heavy machinery and vehicles, like trucking companies, public transportation, and limousine companies, ensuring a drug-free workplace is...

Urine drug tests are used in a variety of work settings, and most commonly for jobs that require the handling of heavy machinery and vehicles. Commercial drivers like truckers and limousine drivers are required by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to ensure safety for drivers, clients, and citizens on the road. Urine testing is included in all DOT-compliant testing and has been used effectively for a long time. Many businesses use urine tests to screen for a variety of illicit drugs in a cost-effective way. Urine tests are suitable for all reasons for testing,...

As the owner of a vehicle fleet, whether for public transportation or private limousines, you have a great responsibility to ensure you are always compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The public’s safety depends on you, but your business does as well because thousands of penalties are cited every year. You may also see legal implications if your drivers aren’t complying with industry standards. If you wish to be a well-informed motor carrier company, educate yourself on the most common mistakes the FMCSA sees every year so you can avoid being another...

An ongoing question we receive at Consortium Pool is in regards to Department of Transportation (DOT) post-accident drug and alcohol testing. Our customers call for information and/or clarification about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Typically there are three circumstances where a post-accident drug and alcohol test must be conducted. The alcohol test needs to be conducted within two hours of the accident, while the drug test needs to be conducted within 32 hours of the accident. If the driver receives a citation for a moving traffic violation and one or more of the vehicles involved in the accident is...

A Consortium will manage all, or part, of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA ) drug and alcohol testing program, and often they maintain the required testing records. A consortium manages the DOT/FMCSA testing programs of owner-operators and independent drivers who are not allowed to manage the tests themselves. One of the biggest benefits of enrolling in a drug testing consortium is that the driver has a support system and organization of all documents, such as policies, test results, MIS reports and many others. Owner-operators and independent drives must test for alcohol and the...