Coronavirus Disruptions to CMV Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations provide reasonable flexibility to motor carrier employers and their drivers subject to testing. However, the FMCSA is aware that disruptions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency are interfering with, and in some cases, may be preventing, employer and driver compliance with current drug and alcohol testing requirements.

As a result, the FMCSA has issued the following guidance in response to the state of emergency declared by the federal government and the need for the transportation industry to support critical infrastructure as it responds to the pandemic. The new guidance will be in effect until May 30, 2020.

This guidance addresses testing in the following scenarios: random testing, pre-employment testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.

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