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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS
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Alcohol / Drugs
Drivers operating vehicles which require a commercial driver's license (class A, class B, or a class C with a hazardous materials endorsement) are required to be tested for alcohol and controlled substances according to the federal regulations. The employer of the driver is responsible for conducting a "controlled substances and alcohol testing" (CSAT) program that includes pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, and reasonable suspicion testing.
CALIFORNIA: California Vehicle Code, Section 34520 requires both intrastate and interstate motor carriers to comply with the federal regulations.
FEDERAL: The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49:
- Part 40 - "Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs"
- Part 382 - "Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing"
- Part 392.5 - "Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles - Alcohol Prohibition"
For more information about alcohol and drug testing, you may contact the Commercial Vehicle Section of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at (916) 843-3400.
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