The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration said earlier this week it has given the names of some
Iowa truckdrivers to the FBI in connection with a counter-terrorism review
of trucking companies.
FMCSA is checking driving
rosters at 698 Iowa trucking companies that haul hazardous materials. Records
from eight Iowa truckdriving schools also are being studied.
Federal officials are
comparing drivers' names to an FBI "watch list" and are asking managers
if there is anything suspicious about employees. The reviews, expected to
be completed within two weeks, are part of a nationwide check of trucking
firms that transport hazardous cargo.
The scrutiny began after
FBI agents investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks found that several
men had obtained fraudulent licenses to haul hazardous materials. Officials
are concerned about the potential for attacks that could include trucks loaded
with flammable liquids, poison gases or other hazardous materials, The Des
Moines Register reported.
The state's Department
of Transportation continues to routinely stop all trucks carrying hazardous
cargo and the State Patrol has increased its inspections.