Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has proposed legislation to give the Department of Transportation more authority to stop and inspect trucks carrying hazardous materials (hazmat). Mineta’s recommendations include: strengthening the authority to inspect packages, increasing to $100,000 the maximum civil penalty for hazmat violations, and expanding training requirements for people who deal with hazmat, including truck drivers. But Mineta did not ask Congress to authorize criminal background checks for truck drivers, a proposal that at least one senator wants to see.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials