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DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Website’s COVID-19 Resource Page Refers to Emergency Relief Docket Q & A Concerning Drug and Alcohol Testing

FTA posted guidance on what an employer needs to do in reference to drug & alcohol testing due to the COVID-19 national emergency:

DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Website’s COVID-19 Resource Page Refers to Emergency Relief Docket Q & A Concerning Drug and Alcohol Testing:

FTA’s Coronavirus Guidance Page offers a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from FTA Grantees Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The second question under the heading “FTA Funding & Emergency Relief” is, “Has FTA waived any federal requirements?” The answer provides a link to FTA’s Emergency Relief docket, where a search for “drug testing” will yield the information concerning drug and alcohol requirements linked here and pasted below, when you click to open the docket folder and view all documents and comments.

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) issued guidance on March 23, 2020:

https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations.

Specifically:

Drug and Alcohol Program:

Q: What happens if my agency is unable to conduct DOT drug or alcohol testing due to COVID-19 supply shortages and facility closures?

A: If you are unable to conduct DOT drug or alcohol training or testing due to COVID-19-related supply shortages, facility closures, State or locally imposed quarantine requirements, or other obstacles, you are to continue to comply with existing applicable DOT Agency requirements to document why a test was not completed. If training or testing can be conducted later, you are to do so in accordance with applicable modal regulations. Links to the FTA regulations can be found at the DOT website at www.transportation.gov/odapc/agencies. Information on the Department-wide Guidance and coronavirus response can be found at www.transportation.gov/coronavirus.

(Cleared and posted on March 23, 2020)

This applies to all modes, including FTA. Please visit the ODAPC website for additional questions and answers.

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