The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration is calling for the trucking industry to be on its "highest
state" of vigilance for the next few days. The motor carrier safety agency
is responding to FBI's latest nationwide terrorist alert.
Homeland Security Director
Tom Ridge said Tuesday the warning is due to the convergence of information
from credible sources. At a White House news conference, Ridge said the material
has been "deemed related to Osama bin Laden or his al-Qaida network"
but did not elaborate.
According to Attorney
General John Ashcroft, the warning was issued following receipt of intelligence
that terrorists may attack U.S. interests in retaliation for the bombing of
Afghanistan. Ashcroft said 18,000 law enforcement agencies were advised to
go on the highest alert. Federal agencies, meanwhile, were increasing security
and immigration authorities were boosting their efforts to keep suspected
terrorists from coming onto U.S. soil.
As on Oct. 11, when the
FBI issued a similar warning, truckers should be especially observant and
take every precaution with equipment, loads and any person or persons who
may be acting suspiciously. If you are hauling hazmat, take extra precautions.
FMCSA is asking trucking companies large and small to account for each truck.
--Land Line staff