U.S. Department of Transportation Clarifies Drug Testing Requirements

U.S. Department of Transportation Clarifies Drug Testing Requirements

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance issued guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations. The guidance provides clarification to DOT regulated employers, employees and service agents on conducting DOT drug and alcohol testing given concerns about COVID-19. This clarification comes after the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in a letter sent to Acting Administrator Mullen on March 17 requesting guidance on drug and alcohol testing for the waste and recycling industry.

“Our members want to do the right thing and follow the law but also understand the strain the COVID-19 pandemic is putting on our medical infrastructure. This clarification will enable our members to continue to follow the law and provide an essential service to our country,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association