FTA Increases Random Drug Testing Rate for 2019

Transit Industry Random Drug Testing Rate to Increase January 1, 2019

On October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter announcing that effective January 1, 2019, the minimum rate of random drug testing will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA’s drug and alcohol regulation. This change is due to an increase in the industry’s “positive rate” as reflected in random drug test data for calendar year 2017.

The alcohol testing rate is unchanged for 2019 and will remain at 10 percent.

A formal announcement is expected in a Federal Register notice, there has been a “Dear Colleague” letter posted to help you as employers plan in advance: FTA – Dear Colleague Letter

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