ATA Appeals Background Check Rules for HazMat Drivers
— The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has appealed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) interim final rule implementing security background checks for drivers with hazardous materials endorsements, according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).On December 21, ATA requested that TSA reconsider the need for a fingerprint-based check on the grounds that TSA has already implemented name-based background checks and has achieved the goal of added security mandated by the Patriot Act. ATA noted that TSA's implementation of a decentralized state-based fingerprint collection program unnecessarily increases the costs of performing background checks.In other news, some trucking groups have criticized the Transportation Security Administration for not applying requirements for background checks of hazardous materials drivers to Mexican and Canadian drivers, according to NAFA. TSA has said it intends to go forward with background checks for new hazmat applicants on January 31 and for renewing or transferring hazmat endorsements no later than May 31. Currently, however, TSA does not plan to cover foreign drivers.