The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration announced it will lower the 2016 minimum random drug testing rate for commercial drivers license holders to 25% from 50% annually. Under a long-standing provision in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, FMCSA may lower the minimum annual percentage rates for random testing to 25% percent when the industry violation rate (as measured by number of positive tests) for random drug tests is less than 1.0% for two consecutive years. The trucking industry has maintained a sub-1.0% violation rate for three consecutive years. Todays announcement is an important step that will immediately reduce regulatory and cost burdens for motor carriers. Carriers may, however, continue to test at a rate higher than 25% in 2016 if they so choose. Contact Steve Boudreaux, CDS for more information

December 28, 2015