FMCSA Issues Lifetime Ban On CMV Drivers Convicted Of Human Trafficking
Washington D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that permanently bans drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required.
“This is an important step in the Department-wide campaign to keep America’s roadways, railways, airways, and waterways from being used for human trafficking,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Following President Trump’s signature of the “No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act,” the FMCSA has issued this new rule to prohibit an individual from operating a CMV for life if that individual uses a CMV in committing a felony involving a severe form of human trafficking.
The new rule revises the list of offenses permanently disqualifying individuals from operating a CMV for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required.
In today’s announcementFMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said professional truck drivers are “uniquely positioned to help detect and report human trafficking.”
“Thankfully professional drivers’ efforts often bring an end to these tragic situations,” Martinez said.
The FMCSA chief believes banning an individual convicted of human trafficking will be a “strong and effective deterrent to this abhorrent behavior.”
Martinez stated, “If a commercial driver is convicted of using their commercial motor vehicle related to human trafficking—that person will never be driving interstate commercial vehicles again.”
In its announcement, FMCSA said that deterring human trafficking in America’s commercial transportation industry is “just one step in the Trump Administration’s commitment to fighting against these abhorrent crimes.”
On July 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking submitted its final report to the Department providing recommendations on actions the Department can take to help combat human trafficking, and recommended best practices for states and local transportation stakeholders in combatting human trafficking.
USDOT & FMCSA are combatting human trafficking with a new rule that permanently bans CMV drivers convicted of human trafficking from operating. Learn more here: https://t.co/9ibutPMe2W pic.twitter.com/iAlgnvlS2o
— FMCSA (@FMCSA) July 16, 2019
In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security identified over 500 victims of human trafficking and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated 1 out of every 7 runaways were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
To report human trafficking activity, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by dialing toll-free 1-888-373-7888 or by sending a text to 233733.
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