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The Importance of Complying to US Department of Transportation Regulations


Safety is the number one priority at the US Department of Transportation (DOT). A drug and alcohol program is structured as a critical element of this safety mission. What happens if a DOT company does not follow the regulations as laid out by DOT 49 CFR Part 40? They can be fined or even shut down.

Some of the top drug and alcohol fines from 2010 are listed below:

ViolationTop Fine
Hiring a driver without a pre-employment drug test$ 26,010
Failure to implement a random drug and alcohol program$ 8,250
Failing to randomly test drivers for drugs$ 27,900
Failing to randomly test drivers for alcohol$ 12,750
Allowing a driver to perform safety sensitive tasks after testing positive$ 19,600
Failing to conduct a post-accident drug and alcohol test$ 9,360
Driver fails to undergo SAP treatment and still works$ 4,520
Driver refuses to take a DOT required drug/alcohol test and still works$ 17,160


The DOT regulations are intended to ensure that drivers safely operate commercial motor vehicles (CMV) on public roads and highways. If a company fails to comply, the result may lead to immediately ceasing all intrastate and interstate operations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared several trucking companies, and even individual truck drivers to be an imminent hazard to public safety. This means that all CMV operations must stop.

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