In a move to increase the confidence of Arizonans who patronize “for hire” vehicles, Governor Jan Brewer approved a bill earlier this month that requires drug testing for taxi, livery, and limousine drivers.
Gov. Brewer signed into law SB 1087, a first-of-its-kind legislation in Arizona, which mandates taxi, livery, and limousine companies in the state to conduct pre-employment drug testing and annual, random drug testing on all drivers. The new law also requires these companies to maintain the drivers’ drug testing results and make them available at all times for inspection by the Department of Weights and Measures as part of the state licensing process.
“It is critical that Arizonans who patronize taxi and limousine services feel safe and assured the person behind the wheel is drug-free,” Gov. Brewer said in a news release. “This common sense but crucial measure will increase the safety of Arizona public transportation, and may ultimately save lives. I thank the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures for its work and persistence in bringing this bill forward. I am proud to sign it into law.”
Kevin Tyne, Director of the Department of Weights and Measures, is grateful that state officials have finally recognized the need to implement additional safety measures that would protect consumers, particularly senior citizens and people who rely on taxi and livery services.
Workplace drug testing has become common place across the U.S., as well as in other countries. Its benefits include a safer work environment; increased employee morale and productivity; and reduced health care costs, attrition rates, and absenteeism.