As the Jan. 31, 2005, deadline to fingerprint truck drivers
that haul hazardous materials approaches, many states say they may be unable to
comply on time.
Among the reasons reported by media outlets across the
states don’t have the money to purchase needed equipment; and
report the need for state laws that give local CDL license processors the
authority they need to perform the fingerprinting.
The Transportation Security Administration, which issued the
regulation, told Land Line it recognizes there may be difficulties, but
said there are no current plans to extend the deadline in all or some states.
“We do recognize
there are hurdles the states must overcome,” a TSA spokesman said. “We will
continue to work with the states so they can meet the deadline.”