Wisconsin seeks background checks on hazmat drivers

| 10/17/2001

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.