We reported earlier this month on Operation 30 DELTA, a plan by Mexico’s Secretaria de Comunicacions y Transportes (SCT) to conduct random medical and toxicological screenings nationwide on the countries transportation workers. The goal was to test 150,000 workers in the airline, trucking, maritime and rail industry. At the time, we thought this to be a little ambitious and it turns out it was.
According to a report by T21MX,
During the random tests conducted by the Dirección General de Protección y Medicina Preventiva, which is the medical unit of the SCT, 20,932 truckers were tested for drugs and physical condition. Only 50 failed the mandatory testing resulting in an Out of Service rate of 0.2%
The total number of operators tested in the combined fields of air transport, maritime workers, locomotive engineers and truckers, 99.75% were found to be in compliance with workplace drug and alcohol rules.
Breaking it down further, in the Valley of Mexico which includes the Federal District (D.F.) and metropolitan Mexico City, 7,612 medical and tox test were given to truckers and 462 to airline pilots. All the pilots tested passed their tests. However, 7,125 truckers tested, 25 were found to be in violation of drug and alcohol rules or other regulations that prevented them from doing their jobs.
14,357 random medical tests were performed throughout the rest of the country. That breaks down to 13,784 truck and bus drivers tested, 49 merchant seamen, 367 locomotive engineers and 167 airline personnel.
The tests for bus drivers was done within the bus terminal while truckers were tested at the terminal and roadside by government certified doctors and lab technicians.
Didn’t some irrelevant association and union try to tell us Mexico has no drug testing, medical standards and safety regimens? Anybody?
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