GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – The U.S.-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is taking a stand to protect the privacy rights of Hazmat haulers. The association is concerned about proposed changes in rules concerning background checks for Hazmat haulers.
“Truck drivers guard their right to privacy jealously,” the association said in written comments, which were filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). “Their biggest worry is that private information will be misused or that incorrect or ambiguous information will become attached to their professional reputation and work history. Either scenario could put an end to a trucking career.”
OOIDA went on to say most truckers are worried the TSA will provide information obtained through background checks to third parties, which will then be able to access drivers’ backgrounds.
The U.S. Patriot Act requires Hazmat haulers to submit fingerprints and obtain security clearance from the TSA before they can be issued a renewed CDL with a Hazmat endorsement. Public comment on the changes contained within the Act was requested by the TSA.
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