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FMCSA Adding Opioids to DOT Panel

It's official! Attached is the final ruling on the Expanded Opiates for the DOT panel.  Starting January 1, expanded opiates (opioids) will be included on all DOT tests. Hasn't the DOT ALWAYS tested for Painkillers? The DOT panel has always included opiates, which...

CMS Welcomes Visitors

“A deal is not where one person takes advantage over another for profit. A deal is where both people feel as if they received a fair value and are looking forward to repeating the same deal tomorrow and the next day.” – Larry Burgess Visitors are not uncommon on the...

TIDA Conference Recap

The T.I.D.A. [Trucking Industry Defense Association] Conference was unique. It is ‘the other half’. What does that mean? The ‘first half’ is CMS - we assist our clients in hiring, qualifying, and keeping the best drivers. We base this on negative drug screens, a...

TIDA Advanced Seminar: Expect the Unexpected

QUESTION:  What do you call 50 lawyers in a room with 50 trucking claims analysts, and two CMS guys? ANSWER:  The 2017 TIDA Advanced Seminar TIDA [Trucking Industry Defense Association] is a twenty-four year old nonprofit association devoted to sharing knowledge and...

DOT Drug Tests: Painkillers

At CMS, we have the discussion about DOT drug tests, and whether or not they look for painkillers, on a regular basis. Here is a quick overview: Do DOT Drug Tests look for painkillers? No. Why not? Because the wheels of government move slowly. But I thought DOT tested...

What is a consortium and why do people need it?

What is a consortium and why do people need it? Drug and Alcohol Testing are one of the many regulations motor carriers must follow.  Every driver must have a Pre-Employment Drug Screen.  Post-accident testing must follow very specific criteria.  Random drug and...