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TSA spotlights highway, motor carrier security

Posted on September 13, 2007

A recently concluded Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pilot program in the state of Missouri will help the agency assess and improve the security status of the nation's highway and motor carrier systems.  

TSA conducted a 12-month Corporate Security Review (CSR) to gather information on security practices, identify threats and vulnerabilities, and promote awareness among motor carriers. In the voluntary review of security practices, TSA trained 40 Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) investigators to conduct CSR interviews, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation, MoDOT and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).  

Representatives from more than 2,000 carriers were interviewed during the pilot program. Many told TSA that the program heightened their awareness and helped them plan for security improvements. After reviewing the CSR results, TSA is enhancing training materials, developing security related brochures and security measures, as well as standards in line with smaller carriers' budget and time constraints. 

TSA is working with CVSA and FMCSA to bring additional states onboard to collect security practice data from HAZMAT motor carriers.

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