Federal security review eyes suspicious trucking practices

| 8/2/2002

Federal authorities found hundreds of instances of falsified records and other "suspicious activities" following a review of trucking companies and terminals since September 11, 2001.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), which conducted the security review, said it referred 126 cases to the FBI for further investigation after compiling 280 incidents nationwide that FMSCA Administrator Joe Clapp characterized as suspicious.

FMSCA spokeswoman Suzy Bohnert told Land Line the security review was completed March 31. "Truckers and carriers are still calling us with information about suspicious behavior," she said. In addition to falsified personnel documents, authorities checked what Clapp described as suspicious inquiries, inappropriate comments and citizenship irregularities.

Authorities examined trucks, checked driving records and inspected terminals and trucking schools. The review followed anti-terrorism legislation calling for background checks of drivers who transport hazardous materials.