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Drug and Alcohol Testing of Transportation Employees

Find out about the federal law that requires drug and alcohol testing of transportation employees, and how that law is applied at UCSD.

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).

Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.