Truckers who haul dangerous goods say some shippers are requiring they get the new federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential, a substantial expansion of the ID card many say they cannot meet.
The dispute between truckers and hazardous materials shippers comes at the meeting point between two federal security rules that have very similar requirements but remain entirely separate.
In a letter to the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council, an American Trucking Associations official said some shippers are demanding drivers have TWIC cards to meet the requirements for security background checks under the recent Chemical Facility Safety Anti-Terrorism Standards.
"This imposes an enormous burden on drivers, who may be unable to obtain a TWIC card, especially at this nascent stage of the TWIC implementation process, where the numbers of locations processing TWIC applications are limited," said Richard Moskowitz, an ATA vice president.
The TWIC program is limited to maritime ports since enrollment began in 2007 although officials plan to expand the anti-terror program to other parts of the transportation industry sometime in the future. In the meantime, however, Moskowitz is asking that hazmat shippers accept drivers with a commercial driver's license that includes a hazardous materials endorsement.
He said the ATA has an opinion from the Department of Homeland Security that the security threat assessment performed on drivers that got their hazmat endorsements after May 31, 2005, is identical to that under the TWIC program "and will satisfy the CFATS requirements for personnel security."
-- Traffic World