The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 mandated the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to combat prohibited drug use and alcohol misuse in the transportation industry. For that portion of the transportation industry having to do with the provision of and service to the public of mass transportation, FTA is the agency delegated with the authority and responsibility for issuing these implementing rules. These rules are encompassed in 49 CFR Part 655, Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operations.
2019 Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates
- Effective January 1, 2019, FTA is increasing the minimum required random drug testing rate from 25 percent to 50 percent for employers subject to the FTA’s drug and alcohol rule. The minimum required random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent for calendar year 2019.
- FTA Dear Colleague Letter 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate Increase
- FTA 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Webinar 1: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
- FTA 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Webinar 2:- Wednesday, February 13, 2019
- FTA Drug and Alcohol Regulation Updates September 2019
- Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form
- FTA's Drug and Alcohol Policy Builder helps transit agencies develop customized anti-drug and alcohol misuse policies that are compliant with FTA regulations
- Implementation of the 2014 Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF) and HHS/NLCP guidance for the eCCF form
Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Updates
- 2016 DOT Random Testing Rates Notice
- The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance has published an updated DOT Urine Specimen Collection Guidelines for the U.S. Department of Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Programs (49 CFR Part 40). This update includes:
- Updated web site addresses/hyperlinks,
- Modified language throughout the document to clarify concepts and to identify when actions are required versus simply permitted by the regulation. These edits are italicized throughout this document and the items italicized, underlined, and bolded from the 2010 revisions to this document were returned to normal text,
- Removed effective dates in Section 4 that have passed,
- Section 13 was re-organized,
- Removed Section 14
- ODAPC has issued a notice regarding the use of recreational marijuana.
- ODAPC has issued a notice regarding the use of medical marijuana.
A final rule, effective June 25, 2013, was issued to revise sections of 49 CFR Part 655.
This video describes the effects and consequences of prohibited drug use on personal health, safety, and the work environment, and on the signs and symptoms that may indicate prohibited drug use. This video meets the 60- minute training requirement of section 655.14(b)(1) for covered employees.