DECEMBER 31, 2019
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FMCSA increasing random drug testing rate to 50%
Change takes effect January 1, 2020
Drug test report_ Medical stethoscope with clipboard and black pen
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will increase the annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for CDL holders to 50%. The percentage increase takes effect January 1, 2020.

The December 26 notice states the percentage of testing must increase “when the data received under the reporting requirements for any calendar year indicate that the reported positive rate is equal to or greater than 1.0%,”. The estimated positive random controlled substance test rate in 2018 is 1%. For 2016 and 2017, the estimated positive usage rate for drugs was estimated to be 0.7% and 0.8%, respectively.
The requirement stems from the “Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing” rule issued in 2001 that indicates that the decision on whether to increase or decrease the percentage rate would be based upon the motor carrier industry’s overall positive random controlled substance test rate, as reported by motor carrier employers to FMCSA.

The minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing will remain at 10%.

To view the full notice from FMCSA, visit

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UMA has compiled member resources for FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse mandate
Operators need to start using the clearinghouse by January 6, 2020. Learn how to navigate this system now, before the deadline, which is less than a month away.

If you missed our live online meeting about the Clearinghouse, click the video below to catch our recorded session and to find more resources. The video running time is about one hour in length. It includes a brief welcome from UMA Board Members Matt Dance and Bethany Schubert and a presentation from Gian Marshall of FMCSA.

The information is available on the website on the following page:
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Foundation turns to Discovery Charters to transport 9,000 8th graders to see "Hamilton"
Watch a short video about how Discovery Charters created a plan to make the plan happen.
Bus & Motorcoach News | Dec. 30, 2019 |
by Shandra Martinez

In 2019, The Dan and Lillian King Foundation of Monterey, California, committed to underwrite an ambitious goal: Take every eighth grader in Monterey County to San Francisco to see “Hamilton” as a lesson about the U.S. Constitution and civic engagement.

It turned out that buying 9,000 tickets to the hottest musical in the country was considerably easier than figuring out the logistics of transporting that many students more than 250 miles round-trip.

NPS won't implement onerous new charter
and tour fees in 2020
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  • 15 Maryland Motorcoach Association Legislative Reception, Gov. Calvert House
  • 19-23 UMA Motorcoach EXPO, Nashville, TN
  • 21 National Association of Motorcoach Operators Semi Annual Members Meeting, Nashville, TN (During UMA Motorcoach EXPO)
  • 27-29 Tennessee Motorcoach Association Convention and Marketplace, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Florence, AL


MARCH 2020
  • 5-7 Northwest Motorcoach Association Annual Mechanics & Tech, Location TBD
  • 19-22 Ontario Transportation EXPO, The International Centre, Mississauga, ON, Canada

JUNE 2020
  • 21-24 PBA Annual Meeting, Wind Creek, Bethlehem, PA Details
  • 25-28 New England Bus Association Annual Conference, Northfalmouth, MA


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