Hazmat tankers draw security scrutiny

A number of reports of suspicious behavior around hazmat and petroleum tank trucks has today prompted Highway Watch to issue a request today to its members to immediately report any similar activity

A number of reports of suspicious behavior around hazmat and petroleum tank trucks has today prompted Highway Watch to issue a request today to its members to immediately report any similar activity.

Among the reports are of instances of vehicles driving intentionally erratically around hazmat trucks and of persons photographing and videotaping trucks or their operations.

Examples include:

  • A petroleum hauler in the Midwest said a white car, possibly a Toyota, pulled alongside of his placarded diesel tanker truck and took pictures. The car contained three men with dark hair and dark complexions.
  • A Highway Watch member in a Southeastern state was approached by a couple asking detailed questions about gas delivery operations while the member was unloading fuel at a local gas station.
  • A Highway Watch member in the Midwest said two males in a small blue car took pictures of his tanker truck with a digital camera.
  • A Highway Watch member in the Midwest said two Caucasian males in a white van took pictures of a terminal tank farm.
  • A Highway Watch member in a Midwest state reported an individual taking pictures of member’s fuel operations. The person was described as a male with dark hair, a crew cut and dark complexion. After taking photos he got into a red sedan and followed the member for a few miles while taking additional photos.

    “While there are no concrete indicators that these reports suggest pre-operational surveillance, we take them seriously and we’d like our partners to do so as well,” said Don L. Rondeau, Highway Watch director.

    To issue an incident report to Highway Watch, call 866-821-3444.

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