The frequency of drug testing for HGV drivers varies depending on your organisation’s policy and the specific circumstances. Some employers may conduct random drug tests periodically, while others might test based on suspicion, post-accident, or as part of routine medical checks. When applying for or renewing an HGV licence (once every 5 years if you’re over 65 [7]), drivers undergo a medical exam which may include checks for signs of drug or alcohol misuse.

Who could be drug and alcohol tested?

Any driver operating a vehicle either at work or in public space could be drug and alcohol tested. This includes people like:

  • Truck & HGV drivers
  • Crane operators
  • Waste disposal drivers
  • Council contractors (For example, Bristol council has strict drug & alcohol policies)
  • Aggregate lorries