About CDL Inquiry Corp
I was a former Motor Carrier Specialist with the California Highway Patrol for over 11 years. During my time of employment, I conducted thousands of safety audits for companies that were regulated by California Highway Patrol (CHP), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Public Utility Commission (PUC). My job duties consisted of inspecting vehicles, maintenance, driver records and issued a terminal rating based on my findings. As a retired motor carrier specialist, I will not only ensure compliance in your drug and alcohol program, I will also assist, direct and/or educate any staff member relating to vehicles, maintenance and driver records to ensure compliance.
Drug & Alcohol Testing
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with the Department of Transportation (DOT), requires that persons subject to the commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements and their employers follow alcohol and drug testing rules. These rules include procedures for testing, frequency of tests, and substances tested for.
Anyone employing CDL drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on public roads
CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads
Interstate motor carriers
Intrastate motor carriers
Federal, State, and local governments
Civic organizations (disabled veteran transport, boy/girl scouts, etc.)
What Is Consortium?
Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) manage all, or part, of an employer’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program, sometimes including maintaining required testing records. They perform tasks as agreed to by the employer to assist in implementing the drug and alcohol testing program and to help keep the employer compliant with the DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations.
A consortium will often manage the DOT random testing programs of several employers, including those of owner-operators who are not permitted to manage random testing themselves. Consortiums that manage owner-operator programs play a very unique service agent role. While §40.355(k) prohibits service agents from serving as “designated employer representatives” (DER), the consortium is authorized to perform a number of employer functions in cases of owner-operators, and single driver employers.