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Hoffa “Disappointed” by lack of specifics in NAFTA 2.0 Proposals

Teamsters President James Hoffa is “disappointed” the OBJECTIVES FOR THE NAFTA RENEGOTIATION did not include a specific point of something near and dear to his heart, the banishment of Mexican trucks and drivers from American highways. In a statement released Tuesday, Hoffa said: “I am disappointed that the latest version of the administration’s goals for a NAFTA replacement is not more specific. The very general…

US Trade Representative releases objectives towards NAFTA 2.0

On Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced the Administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA which has been in effect for 25 years. Since Lighthizer notified Congress of the renegotiation, USTR has been conducting extensive consultations with Congress, stakeholders, and the public at large. President Trump is listening. The Trump Administration has held dozens of meetings to solicit advice and input. In addition, USTR sought…

Canadians reveal their “Wish List” for negotiation of NAFTA 2.0

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments of the United States, Canada and yes, Mexico,  prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The association’s submission covers 11 related areas of interest including in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of entry, harmonization of security programs, the trend in rising cross-border…

Mexican Truck Fleet Nuevo Lared

OOIDA Responds to latest losses in the 5th & 9th Court of Appeals

A week after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the Teamsters and OOIDA’s latest baseless and frivolous lawsuits, OOIDA has issued a non-responsive response on their website landlinemag.com Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief, to her credit, wrote, without embellishment the following: A federal court has ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the cross-border trucking program with Mexico. A combined…

Mexican Truckers vehemently opposed to be scapegoated in NAFTA Renegotiations

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in regards to the motor transport sector is the history of an unfulfilled and violated treaty, on the part of the US government, which is the reason why in the process of renegotiation the Mexican government must go forward with a strong posture, and be on the offensive, with the help of the private sector, said the executive…

Mexico Announces New Rules for Double Trailers –

Despite strenuous objections from the business sectors in Mexico, the effort to modernize the provisions of the regulations covering oversize and overweight vehicles continues. Standards covered under NOM-012, NOM-036 and NOM-087 are being upgraded and modernized. Henceforth, the only way that double trailers can be operated on Federal highways is with special permission granted by the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT). Additionally, the units must be…

A new era for Mexico Trucker Online and the upcoming NAFTA Re-Negotiations

Eleven years ago when I started Mexico Trucker Online, I had no idea that a decade later we would still be debating the issue of Mexican trucks operating in the United States, but here we are. Opponents of allowing Mexico domiciled trucks into the US, an obligation we had under  NAFTA are now turning to the US Trade Representative and the Trump administration to push…

Mexico to require Speed Limiters on double trailer combinations

Mexico and the SCT, Mexico’s equivalent of the FMCSA has for the past couple of years, been working to pass rules and legislation prohibiting the movement of double trailers on Mexico’s federal highway system. As in the US, Mexican business interests have been pushing back hard to prevent this from happening. Double combination vehicles are generally two 48 foot trailers with an allowed gross weight…

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Stringent Hours of Service Rules on the horizon for Mexican Truckers

Over the Road Mexican truckers will have new restrictions on driving hours, as fatigue is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents in Mexico’s highway system according to the SCT. Preliminary draft NOM-SCT-2-087-2017, which is in the review stage and expected to be ready in August, will force drivers to rest for 30 minutes, after driving for five consecutive hours . In the case of…

9th Circuit Court of Appeals DENIES OOIDA/Teamsters frivolous lawsuit against Mexican trucks, AGAIN

Once again, a federal court has taken the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and OOIDA to task for trying to shut down Mexican trucking in the United States by denying their Petition for Review. Judge Wardlow, writing for the majority, got the essence of the petitioners bogus claims correct. It wasn’t about safety, but fear of competition from Mexican truckers and carriers who have a superior…

Supreme Court rejects OOIDA challenge to ELD mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected OOIDA’s lawsuit challenging the federal government’s rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices on most trucks, leaving in place the Dec. 18 deadline for carriers to put them into use. OOIDA claimed the mandate violated drivers’ Constitutional protections against warrantless searches and seizures and that the rule did not meet Congressional stipulations set for an ELD mandate. The…

Mexico Hours of Service

Hours of Service Revisions for Mexican Truckers coming in second Half of 2017

The private sector and federal authorities are preparing to unveil in  second half of this year, new Hours of Service standards for operators of federal motor transportation services, which will regulate the number of hours driving and mandatory rest times. Felipe de Javier Peña, Vice-President of the Transport Commission of Concamin, reported that the measure has already been approved by the regulatory committee, in which private…

U.S. Border Patrol agent’s cold blooded murder of Mexican teenager heads to Supreme Court

MONTERREY NL – The case of 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez Guerra who was murdered by Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr in 2010 heads to the Supreme Court, as justices consider the case of questioning whether a foreign national, murdered on their own soil has certain Constitutional protections. In a fight that pits the Mexican government against the Trump administration, justices tomorrow must sort through whether the…

Comey – “No Regrets On How I Presented the Clinton Case

You have to love the clown show questioning a Republican FBI director with over 30 years of law enforcement experience and a great bi-partisan reputation. You just can’t make this stuff up. So this is the reason I’m delving into the politics of 2016, despite assuring myself I wasn’t going to. For more than 20 years, whenever Bill and Hillary Clinton have gotten into real…

FBI Director James Comey

Why Hillary Clinton was not charged – An Analysis of the Law

James Comey performed a disservice to this country yesterday. He departed from standard practice to give a political diatribe against Hillary Clinton, apparently because he could not find any criminal action on her part. He conflated administrative requirements and best practices with potential criminal activity, without clarifying when he was speaking of which requirements. He failed to put the actions in the context that many…

When Mexican Truckers work together, Great things happen

Interesting happening in Mexico City these days as the local government bowing to demands to do something about the air pollution in the city came up with the bright idea called “Hoy, no Circulo” and applying it to truckers…. In short, it means you ain’t driving on certain days and certain hours. This didn’t set too well with the truckers down here in Mexico, who…

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