DOT Guidelines for Truck Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Department Of Transportation sets guidelines and best practices for trucking companies conducting drug and alcohol tests on drivers. Such tests must be conducted right at the time of employment, before the truck driver is hired, and throughout the driver’s employment in the form of random testing. Random testing helps reduce the likelihood that the person will drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Department Of Transportation recommends that a trucking company use scientifically valid methods for selection of employees for testing. Truck drivers can be selected based on a computerized random number generator, or a number table.

The Department Of Transportation also recommends that the trucking company conducts random drug and alcohol testing, at least quarterly. The element of surprise is critical in a random drug test, and your employees must be tested when they least expect it. Testing should preferably be spread throughout the year, instead of being concentrated in one particular time of the year. Spread out testing dates over the year, and test employees on duty or when performing any duties that are sensitive to their performance.

If you were involved in a trucking accident that resulted in injuries, the driver may be subjected to drug and alcohol tests to rule out the role of alcohol and drugs in causing the accident. If test results are positive, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable for your injuries. Speak to a Denver trucking accident lawyer about filing a claim.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.