Senator David Perdue Works To Improve Airplane Safety For Passengers And Pilots

“We need common-sense policies like this to ensure the United States continues to be a leader in aviation.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) took action today to improve airline safety by streamlining requirements in the Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 (PRIA). PRIA instructs every airline to obtain the motor vehicle driving record of pilot applicants from the National Driver Register (NDR) before allowing that individual to begin their service as a pilot. The Pilot Records Improvement Enhancement Act of 2017 would simplify the hiring process for both pilots and air carriers by allowing carriers secure and appropriate access to NDR records through the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

“Our country’s aviation infrastructure is top-tier,” said Senator Perdue. “By taking the burden off of state officials to provide pilots’ driving records to airlines, we are streamlining the government requirements for the pilot hiring process. We need common-sense policies like this to ensure the United States continues to be a leader in aviation. ”

“As a pilot, I understand how important it is that airlines check a pilot’s driving record before he or she is responsible for the lives of others aboard an aircraft,” said Senator Duckworth. “Air carriers and pilots often struggle to access the necessary driving records of a pilot applicant, which not only causes unnecessary delays in the hiring process, but can also threaten public safety. I’m proud to work with Senator Perdue to ensure airlines maintain secure and appropriate access to NDR records and I’ll continue working to protect the safety of pilots, crew members and passengers across the country.”

The National Driver Register, which is governed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Department of Transportation, maintains information about drivers who have had their motor vehicle operator’s license suspended or revoked, or have been convicted of serious driving violations. 


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.