Truckdrivers who haul hazardous material
should anticipate greater scrutiny from state enforcement agencies. Steve
Campbell, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, (CVSA)
indicated Wednesday in a memo that because of information received yesterday
from the FBI that some of the suspected terrorists may have attempted, or
be attempting, to obtain CDLs with hazardous materials endorsements, the Massachusetts
State Police inspectors are placing an emphasis on Level 3 driver-only inspections,
especially on drivers hauling hazardous materials.
According to information from CVSA,
such activity includes a CDLIS check on all of these drivers, and a more detailed
interview of the driver. Based on the interview, the inspectors may cross
reference the driver's name with the FBI's NCIC data base and take any further
action as needed.
"This is just one example of special
enforcement efforts being taken by CVSA enforcement agency members,"
More states are expected to implement
stepped-up inspection policies.