The American Trucking Associations (ATA) filed comments with the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on the implementation of background checks for drivers with hazardous materials endorsements. ATA says it supports the use of background checks; however it believes the transition from a name-based check to a fingerprint-based system will not be capable of being implemented by the states in accordance with the regulatory deadlines established. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the ATA stated, “It is inconceivable that every state and the District of Columbia will be able to implement the fingerprint-based portion of the rule by Nov. 3, 2003,...” ATA also objected to the rule’s failure to provide motor carrier employers with access to their employee’s background check information.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials