SHOULD DOT'S TRAINING REGULATIONS AFFECTING WORKERS HANDLING, AND DRIVERS TRANSPORTING, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS BE STRENGTHENED?
It is suggested that because DOT's training regulations are designed to provide a minimum level of safety, Congress might wish to examine the adequacy of DOT's current regulations and review DOT's preliminary efforts to improve its regulations in this area. This report presents background information to assess the need for regulatory change and possible options which address various concerns. These options include requiring the Secretary of DOT to issue various types of comprehensive training regulations, encouraging states to issue special licenses for drivers transporting hazardous materials, and increasing the availability of emergency response and chemical hazards information. Alternatively, it could be argued that the private sector is already undertaking many efforts designed to promote safe operations, and that new detailed, difficult to formulate, and costly Federal regulations are unnecessary, especially in view of the safety record of this industry.
- Prepared for the Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation of the House Committee on Government Operations; the Subcommitee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection, and Finance of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; and the Subcommitee on Commerce, Transportation, and Tourism of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Library of CongressCongressional Research Service
Washington, DC United States 20540
- Rothberg, P F
- Publication Date: 1986-4-4
- Features: Tables;
- Pagination: 34 p.
- TRT Terms: Disasters and emergency operations; Driver licensing; Driver training; Freight handling; Freight transportation; Hazardous materials; Laws and legislation; Private enterprise; Professional drivers; Transportation
- Uncontrolled Terms: Change; Emergency response
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Law; Safety and Human Factors; Transportation (General); I10: Economics and Administration;
- Accession Number: 00457768
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 31 1986 12:00AM