WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US trucking industry is calling on Congress to approve bipartisan legislation that would allow the industry to perform drug tests using hair testing.
“ATA is committed to improving highway safety, including doing all we can to prevent individuals who use drugs or alcohol from driving trucks,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “ATA was an early advocate of mandatory drug and alcohol testing of drivers before it was required, and has since promoted improvements such as hair testing and the creation of a national test results clearinghouse. ATA’s advocacy has resulted in a steady decline in the small percentage of drivers who use drugs, and hair testing is the next logical step.”
The Drug-Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015, introduced today in the Senate and in the House would give fleets the option of using hair tests, as an alternative to traditional urine tests, to meet federal requirements.
“Leading employers in a variety of industries around the world have recognized that hair testing is a superior method to detect drug use,” said Dean Newell, vice president of safety and driver training,Maverick USA, Little Rock, Ark. “Hair tests are difficult to evade or subvert and provide a better window into an applicant’s potential history of drug use.”
The DOT currently does not accept hair testing as a meeting federal testing requirements, though some fleets conduct testing in this way voluntarily in addition to other approved methods.
“Though the trucking industry’s positive testing rate is remarkably low, Congress should provide a means for fleets, as part of the DOT testing regime, to further identify and eliminate from the industry those who don’t share the industry’s commitment to highway safety,” said Graves.