Last week, the American Trucking Associations welcomed the introduction of a bill in the US Senate that would streamline the licensing process for millions of professional truck drivers. The Transportation Security Administration Security Threat Assessment Application Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), would allow drivers to use a single valid TSA background check when applying multiple credentials, such as a transportation worker identification credential, hazardous materials approval, and pre-verification.
“This common-sense legislation will ease the burden on many hard-working men and women and allow them to focus on navigating the country’s highways rather than government bureaucracies,” said ATA CEO Chris Spear. , in a press release. “Duplicate fees and redundant background checks impose unnecessary costs – both financial and time – on truckers at a time when our economy is short by more than 80,000 drivers.”
Earlier this year, the ATA approved the accompanying bill for this legislation in the House.
In a letter to the Senate, ATA Senior Vice President Edwin Gilroy called the bill “a tangible step toward a more resilient American workforce and economy.”
“This legislation will result in significant financial and time savings for truckers. It also makes well-paying careers in the trucking industry more accessible for qualified drivers who are otherwise deterred by financial and/or logistical barriers to entry,” Gilroy wrote.
“This legislation would significantly ease the burden of redundant, redundant background checks on many thousands of hard-working, patriotic Americans, allowing them to focus on delivering goods and moving our economy forward. I want to congratulate Senators Wicker and Fischer for their commitment to the trucking industry and to improving the lives of truckers,” said Hal Miller, president of the Mississippi Trucking Association.
“Across Nebraska and the country, truckers are working every available hour to solve America’s supply chain crisis. But we are often hampered by bureaucracy, especially when it comes to getting clearances. appropriate information from the TSA,” said the president of the Nebraska Trucking Association. Kent Grisham, in a press release: “By sponsoring this law, the senators are taking a crucial step towards removing this handicap, allowing us to have drivers checked in trucks sooner and ensuring that the freight we have need moves safely and efficiently.”