OTTAWA — New ‘Generation 2’ FAST cards will soon be mailed to all current FAST cardholders.
The cards are expected to arrive between December 2008 and summer of 2009.
The Generation 2 card is equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which enables the transmission of identification data from a distance.
Customs officers will be able to view driver information as a truck entering the U.S. approaches the primary inspection line at a border crossing. Entry into Canada will be similar to the current process.
Trucking lobby groups such as the B.C. Trucking Association are encouraging carriers, their drivers, and owner-ops to ensure beforehand that their local FAST Enrollment Centre has up-to-date information.
The agencies are deciding whether drivers can simply toss the cars or hand them in.
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