The American Assn. of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) made interim recommendations to Congress and the Depts. of Justice and Transportation that states be allowed to continue licensing commercial drivers to transport hazardous materials. The group is concerned that commercial drivers may be unable to receive or renew a hazmat endorsement without congressional action.
Linda Lewis, president & CEO of AAMVA, said the group is concerned about a number of provisions in Section 1012 of the U.S. Patriot Act, which is also known as the anti-terrorism bill that cannot be implemented without an official rulemaking from the U.S. DOT.
“In the interim we need short-term solutions enabling CDL holders to continue interstate commerce associated with transporting hazardous materials,” Lewis said. “Without these interim solutions, some interstate commerce could come to an abrupt halt.”
The association calls for a six-month moratorium on the issuance of hazmat endorsements to non-U.S. citizens with an exception for documented resident aliens. During that time, AAMVA says the DOT and Dept. of Justice should work with AAMVA to develop a workable system, procedures and penalties for issuing hazmat endorsements.
In order to simplify the process, AAMVA and its member jurisdictions suggest that legislation include a new definition of hazardous materials that applies to all drivers with HAZMAT endorsements, not just aliens. The association also encourages the federal government to identify additions to the list of hazardous materials with deliberate speed.
AAMVA is a voluntary non-profit association representing chief motor vehicle administrators and law enforcement officials across North America. The association develops uniform programs and practices in driver licensing, vehicle titling/registration and motor carrier services, among others.