What Type Of Drug Testing Is Done At Major Trucking Companies?

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Rene R.'s Comment
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Updated by Moderator:

Great news folks! We now have several awesome pages of information in our Trucker's Wiki about drug and alcohol testing:

Alcohol and Drug Policies & Testing

This is the main topic and it covers the Federal policies on who is tested, how often they're tested, and what drugs they test for.

DOT Drug And Alcohol Testing Information & Methods

This subtopic gives more specific information about the various types of tests that are done, what they detect, and how long they will detect it

Hair Follicle vs. Urinalysis: Breakdown By Company

This subtopic gives specific information about which types of testing are done by the various companies and when we received our last information on the company.

We'll continue to use this conversation to collect information and answer questions. All of the information we gather will be kept up to date in our wiki.

Anyone know what kind of drug testing (UA or Hair follicle testing) is currently being held at these following companies: Knight Transportation, C.R England, P.A.M Transportation, or Stevens Transportation? I am trying to get company sponsorship to obtain my CDL but have not made my decision on which company to go with. Thank You

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel B.'s Comment
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And I have the answers!

We actually made a very long thread about this very subject and it has the details on the drug testing for all the companies.

This should answer it all for you.

Here's the link below:

DOT Drug Testing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rene R.'s Comment
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Thank You Daniel B. Would anyone know the MOST current form of drug testing for Stevens Transport or P.A.M Transportation? Anything in the past 2 months. I Know you all helped with this particular question, but that was about six months ago. Thank you all. have a safe trip where ever you may be headed to.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Thank You Daniel B. Would anyone know the MOST current form of drug testing for Stevens Transport or P.A.M Transportation? Anything in the past 2 months. I Know you all helped with this particular question, but that was about six months ago. Thank you all. have a safe trip where ever you may be headed to.

This should not be an issue really but I guess it is for some reason. All companies do drug testing. If you can not find out what they are using right now assume they are using hair and UA and you should be good.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, it would be incredibly rare to find anyone that downgrades their drug testing procedures. Hair follicle testing is quite a bit more expensive than urinalysis. I would think that once a company makes the switch to hair follicle they're not going to abandon it and simply go back to urinalysis.

Troy V.'s Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

Anyway I know when I got my job with Modular it was just a urine test. Good luck.

Anchorman's Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally.

Troy, this is one of the top 5 questions asked. It may even be # 1! That is why it has its own topic.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

One very common scenario is people that have taken other people's prescriptions. For instance, say your wife goes through a minor surgery and gets pain meds but doesn't use them all. So the leftovers sit in the medicine cabinet. A few months later you wind up with an abscess tooth and take a few of those pain pills while waiting for a chance to get to the dentist. That's technically illegal, but it certainly doesn't warrant sending someone to jail or having them black-listed from any decent career for the next 10 years because of a failed drug test. You simply have to wait for the meds to leave your system and that will take a certain amount of time depending on what type of drug test you'll be issued. It might not show up at all in a urinalysis after a few days but might show up for 6-12 months or longer in a hair follicle test.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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A year back Knight was doing both.

Dave

Troy V.'s Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

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One very common scenario is people that have taken other people's prescriptions. For instance, say your wife goes through a minor surgery and gets pain meds but doesn't use them all. So the leftovers sit in the medicine cabinet. A few months later you wind up with an abscess tooth and take a few of those pain pills while waiting for a chance to get to the dentist. That's technically illegal, but it certainly doesn't warrant sending someone to jail or having them black-listed from any decent career for the next 10 years because of a failed drug test. You simply have to wait for the meds to leave your system and that will take a certain amount of time depending on what type of drug test you'll be issued. It might not show up at all in a urinalysis after a few days but might show up for 6-12 months or longer in a hair follicle test.

Ok now that makes sense to me. Thank you for clearing that up. I see that question all the time and I think to myself, um dont do drugs and it wont matter what test there is. Now I understand.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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