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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New initiative aims to curb abuse by Oversize/Overweight haulers in Mexico

Concerned with trucks hauling oversize/overweight loads that exceed Federal size and weight limits, Zepahua Lilian Garcia, a Deputy in the lower chamber of the Mexican Congress from the state of Veracruz,  has introduced a bill to reform provisions of Mexico’s Motor Carrier Law. Her bill would require that owners and drivers of trucks registered in Mexico be held responsible for providing proof of weight of the…

Operation 30 Delta

Operation 30 DELTA in force until April 4 in Mexico

Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, through the Directorate General of Protection and Preventive Medicine Transportation (DGPMPT), once again has implemented the Operation 30 Delta during the Easter holiday period on all roads and across all modes of the Mexican transportation industry. This operation will remain active until 4 April 2016. The purpose of 30 Delta is to insure safety and compliance by individuals engaged all facets…

CVSA Removes “English Requirements” (391.11(b)(2)) in Updated Out-of Service Criteria

Roadside inspectors no longer will place Mexican or Canadian truckers operating in the United States “Out-of-Service”  if they are unable to communicate in English, according to new Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance “tolerance guidelines”. CVSA said the procedures will go into effect April 1. The changes were approved by CVSA’s board and the majority of the membership, said Stephen Keppler, executive director of CVSA. The language…

Easter Week (Semana Santa) in Mexico and Federal Police are out in force

It’s Easter weekend in Mexico and most of the world, but in Mexico, the Federal Police are out in force keeping the highways safe. These banners are going up around the border region and the rest of the country advising motorists of the penalties for speeding, driving drunk, using the cell phone while driving and not using your seat belt. Driving yesterday from Saltillo Coahuila…

Latest Lawsuit against Mexican trucks by OOIDA/Teamsters, a web of distortions and baseless non-sense

The Petition for Review (15-70754) filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) jumping in as intervenors, is a study in ridiculous distortions of previous Court rulings which have all ruled in favor of FMCSA, and baseless rhetoric. The latest filing by both parties before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in nothing more than rehashing issues that have…

Mexican truckers

FMCSA announces Official Acceptance of Mexico’s NOM-68

The FMCSA, this week, published in the Federal Register, it’s decision to accept the Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) or Official Mexican Standard) concerning the periodic inspection (PI) of commercial vehicles (CMV’s). FMCSA reviewed NOM-068-SCT-2-2014 (NOM68) and determined that it should be added to the list of programs which are compatible to, or as effective as, the Federal PI requirements contained in FMCSA regulations 49 CFR part…

Elizabeth and Me

MTO Online is back after a short hiatus

After the Cross Border Pilot Program successfully concluded last year and permanent operating authority was given to the participants who earned it, and despite the continued outcry and threats from those who continued to adamantly and unsuccessfully opposed it, I took a short hiatus from the issue for some “me” with my family. After 10 years of successfully advocating for the inclusion of Mexican carriers into our industry,…

Safe, fully inspected Mexican trucks such as this one would be allowed access to US

Teamster’s frivolous lawsuit against Mexican trucks and OOIDA’s Intervention

If anyone is wondering why nothing has been written about the Mexican truck issue, it’s for a very good reason. As the data from FMCSA has proven, it’s always been a non-issue. Since FMCSA began issuing permanent operating authority to Mexican carriers the first of the year, only three, other than the Pilot Program participants have applied for, and received, operating authority in the United…

OOIDA ordered to pay $3.25 million plus attorney’s fees

This jury verdict (below) involved a female employee shot in the head in OOIDA’s parking lot. (See links below) The “surveillance” video observing the parking lot was installed after a female employee was raped in their parking lot. I suspect this verdict was won in part because the video feeds from cameras were displayed on TV’s located in a room that nobody monitored – ever.…