The confusion is caused by legal medications. Bus and LRV Operators as well as Mechanics are considered safety sensitive positions, but as long as the medication is prescribed and used properly, and you inform your supervisor, you have nothing to worry about. But if you are using over-the-counter medications you must not use ones that may affect mental functions, motor skills or judgment. Additionally, no employee may use or possess alcohol while on duty or on Hampton Roads Transit property.
The Federal Transportation Administration says you cannot consume alcohol: 4 hours prior to beginning your shift, while on call or while performing safety sensitive functions. At HRT a Blood Alcohol level of 0.04 will result in termination. With a level of 0.02 to 0.039 you will be removed from the safety sensitive duty and retested 8 hours later.
Any Bus Transportation or Maintenance employee reported or suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when reporting for duty or while on duty, will be required to submit to a Reasonable Suspicion drug/alcohol test.
For more information refer to Hampton Roads Transit Substance Abuse Policy.
1.14 Alcohol and Drug Use and Possession
Participation in HRT's Drug Free Workplace program is a requirement for all employees and therefore is a condition of employment.
Any employees who must use prescribed medication while performing safety sensitive duties or while driving any HRT vehicle who has been told by a physician or pharmacy that his/her performance or behavior might be negatively affected, must report these facts to his/her Supervisor or the DAPM with appropriate documentation found in the Drug and Alcohol Policy. Failure to report medication that could affect your ability to operate an HRT vehicle could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
For further detailed information please refer to Hampton Roads Transit Substance Abuse Policy.