FMCSA To Keep Random Controlled Substance Testing Rate At 25%

FMCSA: Thousands Of Drivers Have 30 Days To Obtain New Medical Certification

The FMCSA has issued an announcement that they plan to maintain the controlled substance testing rate for commercial drivers at 25% during 2017.

In 2016, the FMCSA dropped the controlled substance testing rate from 50% to 25% following three consecutive years of less than 1% of test results coming back positive for drugs or alcohol.

Federal guidelines give the FMCSA the authority to lower the random testing rate if less than 1% of tests come back positive, but if the positive test rate rises to above 1%, then the random controlled substance test rate would immediately and automatically go back up to 50%.

The estimated positive usage for drugs among commercial drivers is 0.9% in 2014, according to the latest available data from the FMCSA.

The estimated positive usage for alcohol — meaning drivers with a BAC of more than 0.04 — was 0.08%.