A Wisconsin state lawmaker
plans to propose legislation this month requiring a federal criminal background
check for drivers who haul hazardous materials. Rep. Rob Kreibich (R-Eau Claire)
is concerned no safeguards exist to prevent terrorists or criminals from hauling
potentially deadly substances.
The bill would require
those seeking hazmat endorsements to pay an extra $34 for a criminal background
check and undergo additional checks every four years, the Minneapolis Star
Tribune reported. Kreibich, citing background checks for teachers and bus
drivers currently done by the state, believes checks on truckers also would
be a prudent step.