- Two Reports from OOIDA - Owner
Operators Independent Drivers Association
- FMCSA - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
proceeding with cross-border plan
- "They are determined to open our highways to Mexico-domiciled
trucking companies and truck drivers regardless of the concerns that have
been raised by Congress and the American people.
- While the vast majority of the comments were submitted
by individuals and were "no more than a few sentences," the FMCSA
notice stated that a number of groups and organizations had submitted detailed
comments, including OOIDA, AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, the ATA, the Oregon
DOT, Public Citizen, PATT, CRASH and 114 members of Congress.
- Mexico Plans To Send Trucks Across Border
- By Sandi Soendker
- Managing Editor - LandlineMag.com
- Officials from the Mexican government will meet next
week with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in Tijuana to "see
the progress of the program" and to "guarantee the start."
- A Mexican publication that covers Mexico's transportation
industry reported Wednesday that the Secretariat of Communications and
Transportes said that the cross-border pilot program is coming by the end
of this month.
- Despite continued opposition from Mexican trucker group
- CANACAR - the country's transportation secretary claims the plan is on
the move, according to the transportation publication T21.
- In a business meeting on Tuesday, Mexican Transportation
Secretary Luis Tellez Kuenzler announced that "necessary conditions"
in Mexico are a reality. He also said he had been informed by the U.S.
Department of Transportation that 37 Mexican carriers have been evaluated
- T21 also reported that on Wednesday, Tellez stated through
a press release that the necessary conditions existed to develop the project
and declared the Mexican government has decided to stick to the proposed
start date, which is the last week of August.
- While the Mexican government is chatting up the subject,
the U.S. DOT is deadly quiet.
- Melissa DeLaney, DOT spokesperson, recited the familiar
line for Land Line on Thursday that nothing could happen without the Inspector
General's go-ahead. She said she was not aware of any preliminary report
on the status of the pilot program.
- "The IG is an independent entity. We don't have
a hand in the process of them doing this report," she said. "We
are complying with the law and the law clearly states this program cannot
start until that process has been done."
- T21 reported officials from the Mexican government will
meet next week with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in Tijuana
to "see the progress of the program" and to "guarantee the
- Delaney confirmed to Land Line that Peters was, indeed,
going to Mexico next week.
- "She is taking congressional staff down there next
week, to highlight border operations, to show them an inspection, show
them a 'PASA' (Pre-Authorization Safety Audit)," she told Land Line.
"(It's) a very standard trip that happens in recess. Not the first
time they've taken staff to the border to look at the operations down there."
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