Random Drug Tests Of Drivers To Double In 2020

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DaveW's Comment
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is invoking an almost two-decades old provision and will require carriers to double the number of random drug tests they perform on their drivers next year.

Random drug tests of drivers to double in 2020

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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This headline is not as scary as it sounds. The news article explains that if a given company has a higher rate of positive (got drugs) results than 1% of the total random drug tests in the company, they're required random drug test rate guess up.

This is a lot like the Fast pass system for scales: if you're company overall stays under the weight maximums, their trucks don't get pulled in as much.

An example: Acme Trucking has 2,000 drivers. FMCSA requires Acme to do 25% of their drivers with random drug tests (500 tests). If 1% the 500 tests come up with drugs, or 5 out of all 2,000 drivers, their testing rate jumps from 25% of drivers to 50% of them next year. So because of five drivers out of 2,000 getting caught, next year Acme has to run twice 500, or 1,000 tests. And Acme has to double the testing charges they pay.

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

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Just Mitch's Comment
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No worries here. I don’t do drugs

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Have any of you been asked or told to fill out the FMCSA Clearinghouse Consent Form? Our outfit just pushed hard to get everyone to sign the consent to submit test info to the Clearinghouse. This was apparently something relatively new, and my research into it suggests that one only needs to give consent WHEN they are actually tested, not before. I was going to have a heartfelt with our safety crew, but figured it's not worth the O2...

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

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes, same your O2, Curmudgeon. It's like those forms that ask for your SSAN then say it's voluntary but you won't get paid or get the job if you don't provide it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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