The FMCSA increased controlled substances rates to 50% and is holding Alcohol rates at 10% for 2020.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice Friday, Dec. 27, announcing it would be re-instituting the 50% testing rate due to a slight uptick in positive drug tests in 2018. When the rate of positive drug tests crosses the 1% threshold, FMCSA is required by federal law to institute the 50% random testing rate. The rate hit 1% in 2018, according to FMCSA’s annual survey of motor carrier drug testing results.
The random testing rate had been at 25% in 2017 and 2018. The FMCSA estimates that the change will mean 2.1 million random tests will take place in 2020 and cost an extra $50 to $70 million.
Click on this link to see the FMCSA notice of program change.