United States to Expand Trade Opportunities with Mexico through Safe Cross-Border Trucking

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January 9, 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free … Read more…

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Has Rep. Peter DeFazio once again been bought by OOIDA?

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After a three year hiatus where we heard nothing from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or) about the Cross Border Pilot Program, despite being one of it’s most outspoken critics at the behest of his handlers at Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), it appears he is back in the fold spouting the party line in opposition … Read more…

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CONATRAM & CANACAR still pursue $3.8B in damages for U.S. violations of NAFTA truck provisions

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The report out from the Inspector Generals office yesterday was in all ways favorable for allowing Mexican trucks unlimited access to the United States but apparently was not enough to stop efforts by the  Confederación Nacional de Transportistas Mexicanos (Conatram) and  Cámara Nacional del Autotransporte de Carga (Canacar) from pursuing their claims for damages against the United … Read more…

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OOIDA responds to OIG Cross Border Audit

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The Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), whose  continued efforts to stop Mexican trucks over the past two decades has failed miserably, responded this afternoon to the findings of the Cross Border Pilot Program final audit released this morning. As usual, instead of accepting the facts, they had to put their own spin on the … Read more…

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Final OIG Report on Cross Border Trucking reveals no reason not to comply and allow Mexican trucks full access

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The long awaited final report on the cross border program was released today by the Office of Inspector General of the USDOT and the results reveal there is absolutely no reason for the United States not to comply with their obligations to allow Mexican trucks full and equal access to this country. As expected, the … Read more…

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Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico concludes – Participants granted Standard Operating Authority by FMCSA

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In a surprising but not unanticipated move, the FMCSA granted the 13 Mexican motor carriers who participated recently concluded Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico Standard Operating Authority meaning they can continue to conduct business in the United States beyond the commercial zones as they have been doing for the past 36 months. And as … Read more…

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Mexicans Shot on Own Soil by Border Patrol Given Hope in Legal Quest for Justice

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Over the last four years, a half dozen Mexican families have suffered the loss of one of their family members as a result of Border Patrol shootings. All of the fatalities were of unarmed men, were Mexican and in Mexican territory. The Supreme Court will likely decide the fate of legal efforts to hold the … Read more…

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Rhetoric ramps up as Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico winds down

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October 2014 marks the end of the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico designed to show that Mexican trucks and trucking companies were capable of operating on US highways and in compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. Three years that included frivolous and baseless lawsuits filed by opponents to Mexican trucks that were quickly dismissed … Read more…

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CVSA Brake Check Week set for September 7 – 13

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The annual Brake Safety Week inspection spree will take place Sept. 7-13, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced. CVSA says it expects more than 30,000 brake inspections to take place during the week, which would be a 50 percent increase from last year’s roughly 20,000 inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is part of the … Read more…

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Highlights of MCSAC meeting point to success of Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico

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The scheduled meeting of FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s (MSSAC) subcommittee on the U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Pilot Program met on July 28, 2014 and testimony given during this open meeting suggests the cross border pilot program, scheduled to end in less than three months will show Mexican carriers fully qualified and … Read more…

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In the minds of wingnut Conservative, President Obama is….

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The wrong color coupled with the wrong tribe. If he were more in the Stepin Fetchit School of Black Republicans (Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Allen West), there wouldn’t be an issue. Otherwise, he’s the permanent “other”, a cosmopolitan who is sophisticated, rational, and skeptical. Race, of course, interweaves with America’s original sin, which … Read more…

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Andrew Tahmooressi’s Defense Team – Drunk and disorderly in Tijuana – Assaults Mexican News Reporter

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TIJUANA.- On July 9th, after 101 days incarcerated in a Mexican prison, U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, with his mother Jill and two defense attorneys in tow, finally appeared in court before a Tijuana federal judge. This was his his first evidentiary hearing since crossing the U.S. border on March 31st with his truck laden … Read more…

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