The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has issued a survey asking respondents about their “driver recruiting, retention, and drug testing practices and trends in regard to marijuana and other THC products.” The confidential survey is open until March 17 and will be used for further reports due out later this year.
The survey asks the standard questions of fleet size and function but then goes to more specific questions about company policies on drug tests. Questions such as “how long do you hold a driver disqualified after a pre-hire drug test failure” and “do you treat all drug test failures the same or different according to which specific drug was flagged” form one section of the test.
There’s a section for comments where you can send your opinions on if the anti-drug laws at the state and federal levels need to be changed. While some 20 states allow recreational drug usage, it is still a violation of FMCSA guidelines which include immediate suspension of CMV driving privileges.
Drivers have to follow a federally mandated return-to-work procedure in order to regain their ability to drive a commercial vehicle. ATRI hopes the survey will reveal more about the differences in states where marijuana usage is legalized versus those that are not.
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