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…

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…

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Most Dangerous Highways are in the Mexican States of Veracruz, Guerrero, Michoacan and State of Mexico

The most dangerous roads in the country today, are those of Veracruz, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Michoacan, announced Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, national leader of the Mexican Association of Transporters AC Organizations (Amotac). Ortiz Pacheco said that monthly reports he receives indicate an alleged  theft of 50 vehicles across the country representing an economic loss so far this year of $250 million pesos for this…

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

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 Trade Agreement.   The policy change is expected to result…

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

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 of Mexican trucks in the United States. According to this…

OOIDA responds to OIG Cross Border Audit

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 report, accusing FMCSA of padding the numbers and swaying the…

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

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

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 anticipated, upon conclusion of the Pilot Program, the two organizations…

ADO bus Tanker crash Villahermosa

Series of Bus vs. Truck accidents in Mexico has officials concerned – SCT contemplates lowering speed limits for commercial vehicles.

Villahermos – An accident this morning between a fuel tanker and a passenger coach belonging to ADO lines has left 10 dead and numerous others with injuries ranging from minor to life threatening. The accident occurred this morning at Kilometer 114 on the Ciudad del Carmen-Villahermosa. Units of the Mexican Marines (SEMAR) and the Civil Protection were on the scene battling the flames that engulfed both…

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Mexico’s government proposing stronger penalties and sanctions for non-compliant motor carriers

Following the lead of the FMCSA, government officials in Mexico City are considering tightening penalties and sanctions against Mexican motor carriers who continuously are involved in motor vehicle accidents. National Coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente said in an interview that the companies would not only be fined, but they could have their motor carrier authority issued by the Ministry of Communications and Transport revoked. “I’ve…

Mexican Federal Highway Police recover stolen truck carrying $170,000 in copper – Arrests made

The Federal Police recovered a load of stolen copper in Guanajuato, valued at more than $170,000.00. Thanks to a hidden GPS transponder in the vehicle carrying them, they managed to locate the unit in Villa de Pozos in addition to  five trucks, two trailers and three horses. Arrests were made but the names have not been released. The truck carrying 45,000 pounds of copper wire had been…

Operation 30 Delta

30 Delta – Making Mexico’s Highways safer by ensuring truckers compliance with Mexico’s Transport Laws

You know how some of us get all excited in June when the CVSA 72 hour Road Check is in full swing? Try being a trucker in Mexico during the holidays or really, anytime the SCT and Federal Police feel like rolling out their 30-Delta units. The Ministry of Communications and Transport, through the General Directorate of Protection and Preventive Medicine in the Transportation (DGPMPT)…

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CANACAR- Acknowledges amphetamine use among small percentage of Mexican Truckers

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,…

Increased accident rate in Mexico caused by excessive size and weight according to CONATRAM

According to statistics released by CAPUFE recently in response to a request under Mexico’s transparency laws, 5,321 accidents involving big rigs pulling doubles or three axles single trailers have been reported in the period between January 2011 and March of 2013. These numbers have skyrocketed since 2009 when only 748 were reported on Mexico’s 54 Federal highways. In 2012 alone, the figure was 2,376. And…