Random Drug Testing

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Old School's Comment
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I stopped by a terminal yesterday for scheduled maintenance on my truck and they did a random "hair test" on me. This was my sixth drug test in eighteen months at Knight.

I'm starting to think I must look like an old stoner to somebody at this company. confused.gif

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Anchorman's Comment
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You manage your hours and miles so well that they think you are on something to always be able to run so hard.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, six in eighteen months? You sure seem to be on some kind of list. Maybe it's because of the division you're in? They might consider it a more elite division and they keep close tabs on everyone. I don't know. But that's a lot of testing.

According to the FMCSA Part 382 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND ALCOHOL USE AND TESTING:

the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing shall be 50 percent of the average number of driver positions.

So your chances of being tested once in any given year should be about 50/50.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brian M.'s Comment
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They say it's random they just forgot to tell you it's just randomly you Old School!rofl-2.gif

Eckoh's Comment
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Never been tagged for one... however a friend got popped 3 times last year

Terry C.'s Comment
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When I was driving for Prime, I got 3 randoms in 1 month. Not much "random" about that. I was tested first 12/9, left Springfield and got to Kentucky. Was routed back for another "random" on the 13th. Left Springfield and was routed back 1/1 for another "random." After the 3rd one I asked the company lady in charge of the random drug screens and asked her how the hell I keep getting picked. She told me that once a month the company selects 15% of its drivers for randoms. I must have been picked for November and was routed on the 9th. Then selected for December and routed back on the 13th. And then selected for January and routed back. Yeah, the math didn't add up to me either.

Steve C.'s Comment
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This could just be my conspiracy theory enthusiast coming out, but I've heard that companies like to frequently test people they know will pass. If they have a higher pass rate their insurance rates are lower, thus it is beneficial for them to test "sure things" more often. I'll admit I have nothing to back this up beyond a shop worker at the TMC terminal who said that to me when I mentioned I felt like I was getting tested a lot.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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