RITA Random Drug & Alcohol Testing   


These regulations establish minimum standards for interstate and certain intrastate motor carriers' anti- drug programs including testing for the use of controlled substances. It compliments existing regulations regarding drivers impaired by the use of drugs to ensure that drivers who use drugs are not qualified to drive. The purpose is to reduce highway accidents that result from driver use of controlled substances, thereby reducing fatalities, injuries, and property damage.



Testing Required

The regulations apply to all CDL drivers operating in interstate or intrastate commerce operating the following types of vehicles: 

* That have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or Gross
   Combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
   (11,794 or more kilograms) inclusive of a towed unit
   with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000
   pounds (4,536 kilograms); or 
* Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more
   pounds (11,794 or more kilograms); or 
* Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, 
   including the driver; or
* Is of any size and used in the transportation of materials
   found to be hazardous for the purposes of the 
   Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which
   require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the
   Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR part 172,
   subpart F).
Motor carriers shall require a driver to be tested under the requirements of these regulations under the following circumstances: 

* Pre-employment/Pre-use Drug Test  
* Applicants intending to be hired 
* Pre-use testing of non-employee drivers 
* Verification of non-motor carrier sponsored program 
* Reasonable Cause  
* Observable actions by trained supervisor(s) 
* Documentation by trained supervisor(s) 
* Supervisor(s) must file written reports within 24 hours 


* 50% of drivers tested annually for controlled
* 10% of drivers tested annually for alcohol 
* Random selection process 
* Post-accident
* Driver responsible for testing (effective with employer's 

   testing program is implemented) 
* Any accident resulting in a fatality. Also accidents
   resulting in serious injury or one or more vehicles are
    towed from the accident scene and the commercial
   vehicle driver receives a citation for a moving traffic
* 8 hour limit for alcohol test 
* 32-hour limit for specimen collection --must report
   results to employer 
* Return to Duty

   Must test negative prior to returning to duty 
   Follow-up  must conduct at least six alcohol and/or   
   controlled substance tests during the first year after
   returning to work after having tested positive for either
   alcohol and/or a controlled substance or a controlled
   substance or if an alcohol problem is identified by the
   Substance Abuse Professional. 

Testing Procedures

Establishes Standards for: 

* Specimen/breath collection 
* Testing procedures 
* Laboratory procedures 
* Threshold levels for use of Alcohol, Opiates, Marijuana,
   Cocaine, Amphetamines and Phencyclidine (PCP) 
* Specimens/breath samples screening positive will be

   subjected to a confirmation test 
Notification of Drivers

* Motor carriers must notify drivers if any test results are
* Motor carrier must notify driver applicants of test

   results if requested within 60 days


* Participants must be members of the Association to join the drug testing program

* One-time registration fee of $65.00
* Renewals are billed annually at a rate of $50.00

Enrollment Form
Please print, complete and send back to Ashley@ritrucking.org, fax: (401) 729-5220

* New Members: Please be sure to submit an enrollment form even when paying online with PayPal.

  1. New Member-Registration
  2. Current Member-Renewal
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