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Drug/Alcohol Test Standards for CMV Drivers


from Turner Insurance & Bonding

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, professional drivers and others behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will be subject to drug and alcohol testing in certain situations. Testing may be required pre-employment, post-accident, with reasonable suspicion, upon return to duty or completely at random.

For CMV drivers, the most important thing to remember about federal regulations is that you should never refuse to test. By federal standards, failure to submit to testing is grounds for immediate termination.

Above all, a positive test or refusal to test will tarnish your reputation. Our company views your drug and controlled substance history carefully, and drug or alcohol use puts your job at risk.

The bottom line is that substance abuse hurts everyone that depends on you for support. Most CMV companies are required by law to randomly test 10 percent of drivers annually for alcohol and 25 percent for controlled substances. Do not take chances, and never assume you are exempt from testing.

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