No. Even if the accident meets the FMCSA definition of an accident requiring testing, it is too late. The regulations state that drivers who have been in an accident requiring Post-Accident testing must be tested for controlled substance and alcohol use as soon as practicable following an incident. If an alcohol test is not administered within 8 hours following the accident, the employer shall cease all attempts to administer a test. Similarly, a substance abuse test must be administered within 32 hours of an accident. You should document all of this.
On Monday morning, my driver informed me he was in an accident on Friday night. Do I need to send him for a Post-Accident test?
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