Pryor Proposal to Increase Security in Trucking Industry is Approved

OCTOBER 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislation that includes proposals by Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas to enhance security in the trucking industry is headed to President Bush for his signature.

Pryor's proposal toughens penalties for drivers license fraud and places tighter restrictions on foreign truckers working in the United States.  It orders the U.S. Department of Transportation to verify citizenship status of all eleven million commercial driver's license holders in the United States and to step up efforts to eliminate fraud.

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

Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, has said that new regulations may add some work for the trucking industry but he was willing to trade the red tape for safer highways.

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