Pryor Amendment on Truck Security Passes on 98-0 Vote

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 3:30 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislation offered by Senator Mark Pryor to toughen penalties for drivers license fraud and place tighter restrictions on foreign truckers working in the United States has passed in the U.S. Senate.

The proposal by Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat, orders the U.S. Department of Transportation to verify citizenship status of all 11 million commercial driver's license holders in the U.S. and to step up efforts to eliminate fraud.

It also would require the Department of Homeland Security to revise customs and immigration guidelines for foreign truckers, specifically from Mexico.

The bill requires every commercial license holder to be a legal resident with a social security number.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)