Gov. Fletcher Announces $456,000 Grant for CDL Improvements
Money will be used for technology upgrades and measures that will prevent identity theft
On Sept. 20, Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet announced that Kentucky was awarded a $456,000 grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for safety
improvements. The grant will carry out the provisions of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) and improve efficiency in the handling of driver test scores and personal information to bolster the state’s efforts to prevent identity theft.
“This grant will also help protect against identity theft and fraud by adding new security measures throughout the entire process.”
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
“This funding is an important component of my directive to the Transportation Cabinet to examine every avenue in an effort to make Kentucky highways safer,” said Gov. Fletcher. “This grant will also help protect against identity theft and fraud by adding new security measures throughout the entire process.”
The grant allows driver test scores to be directly linked to the driver's license computer system in those counties that have KSP automated testing units. Auto testing kiosks were placed into 13 sites last year. The objective for this grant is to establish program logic to send the test scores to the driver license system without human intervention. The downloading of the test scores will help prevent fraud in the driver testing environment and provide a more efficient means of handling test scores.
Additionally, the cabinet will provide shredders to circuit court clerks' offices at selected high-volume issuing locations. The objective for this portion of the grant is to reduce the risk of identity theft and fraud occurring by destroying old driver licenses as soon as they are returned.
“Kentucky is recognized as having an excellent commercial driver's license program,” added Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “The grant will help us achieve compliance with the MCSIA and improve highway safety.”
Under MCSIA, states are required to make substantial upgrades to the computer systems regarding commercial drivers. Kentucky will use $350,000 of the grant to make those technology upgrades. The goal of MCSIA is to enhance the safety of commercial vehicle operations and to reduce the number and severity of truck crashes on our nation’s highways.