CANACAR- Acknowledges amphetamine use among small percentage of Mexican Truckers

Mexican DOT inspections
Mexican Federal Police conduct roadside safety inspections at random in Jalisco state

At the end of July, the numbers came out on Mexico’s ambitious program to test thousands of Mexican transportation workers for drug and alcohol usage in roadside and terminal inspections under an initiative called 30 Delta

The results were impressive, although not all together surprising. Less than 0.2% were found to be impaired and put Out of Service.

But, as happens in the United States, there is always a reporter waiting to on the trucking community, and it’s the same south of the border.

Of all the workers who tested positive in the trucking sector, 71 tested positive for the presence of amphetamines in their system.

National Confederation of Carriers (CONATRAM) Vice-President Manuel Sanchez Benavides sees this as an indicator of a “very serious” problem in the trucking industry because of high consumption of amphetamines.

“It is very polluted the environment. They’re taking it to inhibit sleep which leads to addiction” said Sanchez.

The postives tests were all sent to the Department of Preventive Medicine in Mexico City for confirmation since since the roadside urine tests are not considered 100% reliable.

The National Chamber of Trucking (CANACAR) Jalisco delegation CEO Enrique Rodríguez Dueñas acknowledged the existence of drivers using amphetamines, but stressed that you can not paint the entire industry in that light.

CANACAR wants to find ways inhibit the consumption of these illegal substances by promiting the professionalization of the industry and being committed to support the rehabilitation of those who are engaged in the use of illegal substances.

Part of the process of professionalization for CANACAR has been with the creation of training centers providing ongoing training for a technical career in logistics and the ongoing training in job skills for the truckers which also contribute to inhibit drug use among drivers,said Enrique González Muñoz Officer and Vice President of CANACAR. We seek to dignify the work of our member truckers.

Operation 30 Delta
Operation 30 Delta, an operation overseen by Mexico’s SCT found only 0.2% of the 20,934 transport workers tested to not be in compliance with workplace rules

 

From the point of view of CANACAR member carriers, there is no need for drivers to use stimulants.. The 15 hour days are not permitted. The serious problems are that there are customers who pay a rate to some unscrupulos carriers who keep the extra money and assign a driver to make a team run.

CANACAR is also urging it’s members to negotiate delivery times with it’s clients so drivers are not pressed to exceed manadated hours of service in Mexico which can result in stimulant use. The are also promoting the establishment of log book use in Mexico to track the hours a driver is on duty. Currently Hours of Service are mandated in rules established by the Ministry of Labor, specific to the trucking industry. Current law allows a driver in Mexico to work 8 hours during a day time shift, or 7.5 hours in an overnight shift. Logically, that is difficult to regulate.

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