States Stop Issuing CDLs With Hazmat Endorsements
Oct 30, 2001 12:00 PM
One unexpected outcome of the anti-terrorism law that was signed October 27 by President George W Bush is the decision by several states to stop issuing commercial driver licenses with hazardous materials endorsements. These states include Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. Other states reportedly are expected to follow suit.
The motivating factor for the action by the states is a requirement under the new law that CDLs with hazmat endorsements cannot be issued without a criminal background check. Some are suggesting that an alien-status report also will be needed.
The states contend that they lack the resources and ability to comply with the requirements. The only recourse that they have is to cease issuing new or renewed licenses. Congress is considering a technical amendment that should fix the problem.