Bus

Success seen with direct observation drug testing rules

Posted on June 25, 2010

Many employers and collectors have reported success in thwarting drug test cheating because of stricter rules that kicked in last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reported recently.

"Since the direct observation rules went into effect, we have heard from many of you that your experiences as employers, employees, collectors, MROs [medical review officers], and SAPs [substance abuse professionals] have shown that drug test cheaters are being caught," Jim Swart, director of the DOT's Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, said in a statement.

"You also report that numerous employees in follow-up testing programs stopped using drugs because of these added measures."

Under the rules, which went into effect Aug. 31, CDL holders such as bus drivers who fail or refuse to take a drug test have to be directly observed in a test before returning to duty.

The requirement came in a Final Rule from the DOT that was intended to prevent cheating on drug tests by "safety-sensitive transportation industry employees."

In the direct observation process, the employee has to expose his or her genitals to a same-gender observer to verify the absence of cheating devices, such as the "Whizzinator." The observer then watches the employee urinate into the collection container.

"We would remind everyone that our vigilance continues and that these direct observation procedures are required for every DOT return-to-duty and follow-up test," Swart said. "Direct observation procedures are also necessary for other specific circumstances in which cheating is suspected."

For more details, see the DOT's direct observation reminder notice.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Alexander Dennis wins award for excellence in international trade

Recipients were nominated and selected by the Department for International Trade, with the awards presented at a gala in Stirling, Scotland by Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

San Francisco commits to all-electric bus fleet by 2035

Muni is developing “Green Zones” to test current hybrid vehicles and their ability to run only on battery power.

U. of Colo. to host New Flyer battery-electric bus demo

The event will occur on Friday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the university’s Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex.

D.C. Metro wins top honors at 2018 APTA Int'l Bus Roadeo

Best Transit Bus Operator, Maintenance Crew, Grand Champion and Customer Service Challenge winners named.

Last chance to apply for METRO's 2018 Innovative Solutions Awards

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close