SAP Program for Bus Drivers: What to Expect before Returning to Work

Will I lose my job as a bus driver after failing a DOT drug test? The answer largely depends on the steps you take moving forward. A bus driver can regain employment after a failed drug test if he or she successfully completes the Return-to-Duty process. Let’s take a look at what to expect from a SAP program for bus drivers.

Do Bus Drivers Have to Take DOT Drug Tests?

Bus drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and are thus subject to DOT drug testing regulations. This includes seasonal bus drivers, part-time drivers, full-time drivers, and backup bus drivers. You must take a DOT drug test before starting a job as a bus driver. Drug tests may also be required after an accident, after reasonable suspicion of drug use, and during a random testing period. If you fail a drug test, you will be required to take a follow-up test before returning to work.

What Happens after a Bus Driver Fails a Drug Test?

After failing a drug test, a bus driver must immediately stop all safety-sensitive responsibilities. The Department of Transportation does not determine if the driver remains employed, but they will not permit safety-sensitive work until the completion of a SAP program. This program is directed by a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). The SAP recommends treatment or education in accordance with DOT regulations to help the bus driver regain employment.

Note: Even if you choose to work with a new employer or move to a new state, you will have to complete the Return-to-Duty process. You cannot drive a bus after a failed drug test until you fulfill your SAP program.

What to Expect from a SAP Program for Bus Drivers

A Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is qualified by the Department of Transportation to evaluate and prepare an employee to return-to-work. If you fail or refuse a DOT drug test, you must work with a SAP to complete the Return-to-Duty process. The first step in your SAP program is an in-person evaluation. Your SAP will then provide treatment and education requirements that you must go through before returning to work. Upon completion of those requirements, you will complete an additional evaluation and follow-up drug test.

Can you get your old job back as a bus driver? Potentially. Your former employer may choose to rehire you at their discretion. You may also apply for a new job, as long as you have completed your SAP program and been cleared for work.

American Substance Abuse Professionals, Inc. has a vast network of DOT-qualified SAPs serving every state in the USA. Their clients have an 85% success rate for returning to work.

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