Federal law protects the public by requiring that transportation employees be tested for drug and alcohol use.
A transportation employee is an employee who in the course of university employment, regardless of job title, operates a vehicle that meets one or more of these criteria:
- Has a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver
Note: UCSD fire and hazardous materials vehicles are excluded.
Employees subject to testing may include:
- A candidate for a job vacancy
- A current employee who is transferring into a new position
- A current employee who has been involved in a work-related accident (testing to take place within a prescribed time period)
- An employee who has occasional transportation duties
For a summary of the law and how it is applied at UCSD, see Drug and Alcohol Testing of Transportation Employees (PDF).