Two bills requiring background
checks for drivers of hazardous materials have been proposed by lawmakers
in the U.S. Senate. Both bills have been referred to the Senate's Committee
on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
is proposing a bill (S1557) that prohibits motor carriers from allowing drivers
to operate a motor vehicle transporting hazardous materials unless a background
check is performed on the driver. The background check would include a submittal
of fingerprints and photograph; review and comparison of law enforcement databases,
intelligence databases and criminal records; and a review of Immigration and
Naturalization Service records.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
is proposing a similar bill to regulate the issuance or renewal of licenses
to operate motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials. S1569 requires
the Secretary of Transportation to first determine, upon receipt of notification,
the individual does not pose a security risk. Background checks to review
criminal history databases, through Interpol-U.S. National Central Bureau
international databases, and databases to determine the status of non-U.S.
citizens under the immigration laws are required.