The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that the annual random drug testing percentage for controlled substances will remain at 25 percent for the 2017 calendar year.
In 2016, the FMCSA reduced the random drug testing percentage from 50 percent to 25 percent. FMCSA took this course of action after reporting multiple years of less than one percent positive rate for controlled substances. In fact, the estimated drug test positive rate in 2014 was 0.9 percent, 0.6 percent in 2012, and 0.7 percent in 2013. These estimated percentages were compiled through the Management Information System (MIS) survey and Federal regulations allow the FMCSA Administrator to change random drug and alcohol testing percentages based upon the positive rate outlined in the MIS survey.
The entire FMCSA announcement can be reviewed HERE.