Canadian Trucking Alliance said Aug. 5 that U.S. transportation
authorities like the idea of allowing the FAST card to be used
as an all-purpose security ID for Canadian truckers.
Hutchinson, undersecretary of Border and Transportation Security
at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said he liked the
suggestion that the Free and Secure Trade card process be used
for security credentialing of Canadian drivers.
carriers have been concerned about their ability to comply with
new U.S. hazmat requirements and to obtain a U.S. Transportation
Worker Identity Card (TWIC), which will be required for all U.S.
transportation workers in the near future. However, there is presently
no mechanism for Canadian drivers to even apply for the cards.
a letter to Alliance CEO David Bradley, Hutchinson said one of
his department’s objectives "is to build on the success of
credentialing programs like FAST and in furtherance of this objective,
your recommendation to utilize the FAST process for cross-border
security credentialing merits additional consideration by TSA
and the TWIC program."
and Hutchinson have met twice in recent months at events where
the two were speaking on border security issues. "If we can
use the FAST card as the platform for other security credentialing
requirements for our drivers, it could solve a lot of problems
for everyone concerned," Bradley said.