Delanco, NJ-based Jevic Transportation claims such a “digital license” is workable for truck drivers and should be pursued. Case in point, the carrier points to its own driver photo ID program that it instituted in October 2001.
“The driver photo ID card is the hallmark of our comprehensive security program, and has become an invaluable way for us to help customers manage supply chain risk and protect their valuable goods,” said Dave Gorman, Jevic’s president & CEO.
“We realized that verifying driver identity was invaluable to our customers’ security and peace of mind,” he added. “Privacy concerns so far have been minimal and our drivers understand our customers’ concerns and are glad to put their minds at ease by wearing a photo ID.”
Jevic’s driver ID program, called Security Web, is a proprietary system that requires each Jevic driver to wear an identification card featuring a digital photo and barcode. When the driver arrives at the gate, security personnel can scan the barcode and immediately view the driver's photo and qualifications online at Jevic’s web site.
In cases where a company entry point is not equipped with a scanner, security personnel can go online, find out which driver is scheduled to make their delivery, and obtain a printout of the driver's photo for comparison when the driver arrives, said Gorman.“The photo ID simply removes all doubt that this person is who they say they are—a Jevic driver,” he added. “As long as there are transportation security risks, we need to keep developing security initiatives to protect customer shipments.”