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Truckers’ licensing rules tighten against terrorism

The war against terrorism hits American highways this spring when truckers who haul dangerous chemicals and explosives will be subjected to a new, more thorough criminal background check. Starting in May, all of the country’s 2.7 million truckers certified to haul loads that might blow up, irradiate or corrode property and people will be required to submit fingerprints to the Department of Motor Vehicles when their licenses are up for renewal. The prints will be sent to the FBI, which will run the information through a national database looking for felony convictions and mental health information that could disqualify a driver from hauling hazardous materials. Law enforcement and emergency response officials acknowledge the new rules won’t prove 100 percent effective for keeping determined terrorists away from the nation’s roughly 800,000 daily hazmat shipments, but welcome the background checks as another weapon in their anti-terror arsenal. Full Story

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