The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration has backed away from a proposal that would have given it
authority to use biometric identifiers – such as retinal scanning and automated
fingerprint scanning – to provide positive identification of drivers in the
Commercial Driver’s License Information System.
According to a notice published in
the Federal Register, the administration is withdrawing the proposal
because the Transportation Security Administration is already working on a
similar system with its Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
“FMCSA does not want to cause a
conflict in standards adopted by each agency or place an undue burden on states
by imposing two different standards and/or technologies for CDLs and the TWIC,” the notice said.