Bus and Truck Security and Hazardous Materials Licensing, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, October 10, 2001 [open pdf - 491KB]
From the opening statement of John B. Breaux: "This Subcommittee hearing is a continuation of a series of hearings on security in the transportation area that the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation has embarked upon. We will continue to examine the security of both passenger rail systems and transportation systems in general, as well as freight transportation as well. Of particular concern, I think, are reports that terrorists may have been seeking licenses to drive trucks containing hazardous materials. On October 4, a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh indicted 20 people on charges of fraudulently obtaining commercial driver's licenses, including licenses to haul very dangerous hazardous materials. In September, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested an individual linked to Osama bin Laden who had a hazardous materials driver's license issued by the State of Michigan. While we require employment and criminal background checks for aviation employees, we do not require such background checks for truck drivers who are seeking licenses to haul hazardous materials. We could potentially look at requiring companies that are hauling hazardous materials to create security plans, including verifying the identification of their drivers picking up the hazardous material cargo. We might also need to more closely track the transportation entity, the movement of the most dangerous materials, including the use of electronic tags or satellites. Other potential steps might include increasing funding for hazardous material handling and training programs, and creating potential federal penalties for the hijacking of trucks carrying hazardous materials, particularly on the interstate system." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John B. Breaux, Max Cleland, John Ensign, John McCain, John D. Rockefeller IV, Gordon Smith, Olympia J. Snowe, Duane W. Acklie, Joseph Clapp, Joan Claybrook, Ellen Englemanm, Keith Gleason, Peter Pantuso, Ralph F. Sheridan, and Paul Sullivan.
S. Hrg. 107-1029; Senate Hearing 107-1029
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