Owner-operators rely on US DOT drug testing consortium

Owner-operators rely on US DOT drug testing consortium

Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium provides easy DOT compliance

Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium (WDTC) fills a critical need for trucking companies, bus companies, owner-operators and other entities subject to federal regulations in its role as a US DOT drug testing consortium. Participating in a consortium offers the benefit of immediate compliance with all DOT modes of transportation. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates drug and alcohol testing for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and United States Coast Guard (USCG).

WDTC is an accredited, Certified Third Party Administrator (C-TPA) that serves as a US DOT drug testing consortium for employers regulated by the US Department of Transportation. The benefits of participation are most evident for owner-operators, but smaller DOT-regulated employers (those with less than a dozen employees) also find that enrolling into a consortium for random testing makes for easier compliance.

“Our role as a drug testing consortium ensures our customers meet random drug testing regulations and remain in compliance,” explains Mike Bray, WDTC president. “Owner-operators are required to be enrolled in a US DOT drug testing consortium, while smaller employers regulated by the DOT often elect to enroll.”

US DOT drug testing consortium pools drivers from multiple companies

The primary function of a DOT drug testing consortium is to accumulate enough individuals that random testing percentages can be applied rather than testing every driver. WDTC, which also offers driver supervisor training, assists employers with all requirements of a compliant DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing program.

All companies including owner-operators entering a consortium must complete two important steps in order to be in compliance with DOT FMCSA regulations:

  • A pre-employment drug test with a negative result prior to operating a DOT-covered commercial motor vehicle
  • Enroll into a random testing consortium (owner-operators are not allowed to manage random testing themselves)

“Once we meet the random testing percentages, all participants in the consortium are in compliance. That is the beauty of a US DOT drug testing consortium,” Bray says.

About Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium

Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium is an accredited, Certified Third Party Administrator (C-TPA), and specializes in Consortium Management; a variety of drug testing methods, including urine, hair and fingernails; post-accident testing; pre-employment drug tests; criminal background checks; supervisor training programs to keep employees compliant with DOT regulations; pre-employment DOT physicals; and paternity DNA testing. Headquartered in Green Bay, WDTC also has offices in Appleton, Fond du Lac and Madison, Wisconsin. Call 888-784-8842 or visit www.widrugtesting.com for more information.

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