ATA Urges DHS Exempt Drivers from Additional Background Checks
On May 12, ATA submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program. The CFATS regulations govern chemical facilities that hold significant levels of HazMat that DHS has determined could be weaponized. The regulations require facilities to perform extensive background checks on employees and regular visitors, among other things. Although DHS exempted truck terminals from direct regulation under the program, drivers making deliveries to or picking up from CFATS-regulated facilities may be subjected to additional screening requirements. ATA asked DHS to exempt drivers holding a HazMat endorsement (HME) on a CDL, a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), or a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card from background vetting requirements in the program. ATA also urged DHS to ban facilities from requiring other security credentials of drivers who hold an HME, a TWIC or a FAST card.