ANALYSIS: Mexican Carriers applying for Pilot Program Revealed

CEMEX Truck
GCC Transporte with it's excellent safety record and previous participation in the 2007 Pilot Program is on track to participate in the reincarnated program. If the name seems familiar, CEMEX is worldwide, including a heavy presence in the US

We now know who the 8 Mexican carriers are who have made application to the FMCSA for OP-1MX authority to participate in the cross border pilot program expected to begin later this month.

The carriers that are known at this time are:

  • Transportes Olympic of Apodaca Nuevo Leon
  • Grupo Behr de Baja SA de CV of Tijuana B.C.
  • Transportes Unimex of Reynosa, Tamaulipas
  • Alfredo Hernandez Rojas of Celaya, Guanajuato
  • Alejandro Moctezuma Arroyo of Octolan, Tlaxcala
  •  Higiencos Y Desechables Del Bajio of Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • Moises Alvarez Perez of Tijuana, Baja California
  • GCC Transporte of Cd Juarez, Chihuahua
All applicants must pass a PASA before they can participate in the pilot project. Transportes Olympic and Grupo Behr have passed their PASA’s. The others are pending. Several of the applicants for this program participated in the 2007 Pilot Program that was successful although the unions were able to use their puppets to have it defunded, leading to the establishment of legal tariff’s on US exports in retaliation.
We’re going to take a look at the records of these 8 companies as they’re listed with FMCSA. And we’re going to see what some might consider “problems” with these companies which in reality is a major problem with the new CSA matrix. CSA is not only making these companies look bad, it’s doing the same for the majority of US companies that otherwise has an adequate safety rating under the old SAFERSYS.ORG program.
To make my point, we’re going to start with Transportes Unimex of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, a company which THETRUCKER.COM recently stated that;
FMCSA records show that Transportes Unimex has a CSA Driver Fitness score of 100, a Vehicle Maintenance score of 90.2 and has in the past 24 months been cited for a serious violation in Controlled Substances and Alcohol.
Keep in mind that Tranportes Unimex is a border drayage carrier.
Transportes Unimex of Reynosa, Tamaulipas
According to SAFERSYS.ORG, this company has 30 power units and 28 drivers. In the 24 month period ending 9/29/2011, this company has been inspected 608 times. The results of those inspections are as follows:

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This company has no crashes in the past 24 months of any type.

They passed a Compliance Review on 2/25/2011 earning a SATISFACTORY rating.

Yet when you look at them under the new CMS program, things look radically different as they do for many of us.

Under CSA, Transportes Unimex shows a 100% deficit in Driver Fitness Basic. And for what? 391.11(b)(2) Non English Speaking Driver! This was never a problem in the past before the bullshit known as CSA began. This is a commercial zone carrier. Everyone is bi-lingual down here.

The other deficit for this carrier is in the Vehicle Maintenance Basic. They score a 90.2. Things like “reflective tape missing or torn”. A marker light out. Small non consequential things that before were largely ignored for all of us. However, with CSA, things that were ignored previously for all of us, are now listed on inspection reports and warnings, not citations given, which cannot successfully be challenged, but which destroys a carriers safety rating. It makes no difference whether they are US, Canadian or Mexican. This is the inherent problem with CSA.

Alfredo Hernandez Rojas of Celaya, Guanajuato

FMCSA records show Alfredo Hernandez Rojas has a Driver Fitness Score of 99.3 and a Vehicle Maintenance score of 94.5. There were no OOS violations among the 39 Driver Fitness violations. Neither were there any OOS violations in Vehicle Maintenance, which included 28 violations for no/defective lighting devices/reflective devices/projected.

A vast majority of the Alfredo Hernandez Rojas involved straight trucks. More of the same because of the matrix used by CSA.

There is no record for Rojas in SAFERSYS.ORG databases.

Alejandro Moctezuma Arroyo of Octolan, Tlaxcala

In our opinion, this company should not be considered for inclusion into the pilot program under any circumstances. They have only 2 trucks and 2 drivers and currently do not have any authority issued by FMCSA or Tx  DOT.

They do hold a DOT# of 1251467. Looking at their SMS record shows a total disregard for our rules and regs. For that matter, for the rules and regulations of Mexico’s SCT.

Their SAFERSYS.ORG scores are in line with their SMS ranking and that is not coincidental nor the fault of the CSA matrix.
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In all fairness though to this individual, 2 trucks and 2 drivers are going to cause an extremely high negative score as a result of one or two inspections and attendant violations. They have no accidents in the past 24 months.

Higiencos Y Desechables Del Bajio of Guadalajara, Jalisco

Nothing found on this company yet, but it seems I recall they participated in the previous program. More as it becomes available.

Moises Alvarez Perez of Tijuana, Baja California

Nothing found on this company yet, but it seems I recall they participated in the previous program. More as it becomes available.

GCC Transporte of Cd Juarez, Chih. (Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua)

GCC Transporte is indicative of the majority of Mexican carriers and judging by it’s safety ratings with both SAFERSYS.ORG and on SMS, deserve authority to operate in this country.

Their SMS scores also underscores the problems with the new CSA/SMS system and the sudden overzealous enforcement of  “391.11(b)(2) Non-English speaking driver.” If this is such an issue, then it would be an OOS violation and it is not being treated as such. And in the case of GCC and other companies, the supposed “inability” of the drivers to “speak English” doesn’t correspond with a decreased safety environment nor an increased accident rate. Indeed, these companies being hit with the “NO SPEEKEE EENGLISH” law, have ZERO accidents.

The driver inspections for GCC were all for violations of this regulation which gives the inspectors no guidance, no criteria for what constitutes “English Proficiency”.

Their 13.6% rating in the Vehicle Maintenance Basic is well below the 80% intervention threshold

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Grupo Behr de Baja and Tranportes Olympics

These two carriers, both who successfully participated in the previous cross border program have already passed their Pre-Authorization Safety Audits and by all indications are waiting for the program to get underway.

OOIDA has raised concerns about both of them (is anyone surprised) using publicly available information available for Grupo Behr to erroneously claim that a 1991 Freightliner, a 1989 GMC 8500 two axle and a Ford passenger van have been cleared for participation. None of these vehicles would be eligible.

OOIDA is also crying wolf and claiming FMCSA is hiding evidence of incompetence in the case of Transportes Olympics since there is no data available for them in the SAFERSYS or SMS database. While the truth of the matter is that Transportes Olympics has not been operating under the assigned DOT number in the past 24 months both of these databases cover, thus, there would be no statistics available. However, they have been successfully operating nationwide in the US using dual registered trucks based out of McAllen Texas.

What initial analysis of the carriers applying for authority shows is not unqualified dangerous trucks and their drivers, but an inept system called CSA that is going to destroy many carriers reputations within the industry with erroneous data. It’s already happening as many brokers and shippers consult the SMS scores before tendering freight to carriers.

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