"Human trafficking is a terrible form of modern day slavery." - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or a commercial sex act; and the commercial sexual exploitation of children under any circumstancecs. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) combats human trafficking by working with public and private sector stakeholders to empower transportation emplpyees and the traveling public to recognize and report possible instances of human trafficking.
On July 23, 2019, the FMCSA 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. 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. To view the published Federal Register Notice (FRN), please visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/rulemaking/2019-15611.