WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has sent Congress a proposal that would strengthen security and safety in the area of hazardous materials (HazMat) transportation.Mineta ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has sent Congress a proposal that would strengthen security and safety in the area of hazardous materials (HazMat) transportation.
Mineta sent the information several hours after Senate hearings on driver security issues were held earlier last month. The concerns stemmed from the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11.
“We are proposing tougher actions to address the serious problem of undeclared or hidden shipments of hazardous materials,” says Mineta.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed legislation includes strengthening DOT inspector’s authority to inspect packages in transportation, giving them authority to stop seriously unsafe transportation, increasing the maximum civil penalty for HazMat violations from US$27,500 to $100,000. The Truckload Carriers Association has acquired a draft copy of the HazMat Bill, including a section-by-section analysis of the proposed changes to the HazMat regulations. To obtain a copy of the document, contact Rich Clemente at 703-838-8847.
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