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…

30 DELTA

Operation 30 DELTA to test 150,000 Mexican Transportation workers in July and August 2013

What to some might seem a monumental undertaking is happening in Mexico during the months of June through August. Know as “30 DELTA” by the Secretaria de Comunicacions y Transportes (SCT), the plan is to conduct more than 150,000 random and scheduled drug and alcohol tests encompassing all transportation workers from pilots, to truck and bus drivers, locomotive engineers and port workers. Underway since June…

Transportes Olympic

Transportes Olympic adds 5 trucks to Cross Border Pilot Program

Everybody remembers Transportes Olympic don’t they? They were the first participant in the 2007 Cross Border Demonstration program with Mexico. The first participant in the 2009 Cross Border Pilot Program and the first to be granted permanent operating authority. Transportes Olympic recently added five 2014 Freightliner Cascadias to their cross border fleet bringing the total to 6 trucks and 7 drivers authorized to operate in…

SCT studying new methods for enforcement of weights and measures on Mexico’s Federal Highway system

Officials with the  Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) sat down for meetings this week with a distinguished panel of academic and industry experts to discuss ways that can be used to enforce the new weights and measures rules being drafted for the next 5 year cycle of NOM-012. The panel consists of eight academic experts, chosen in coordination with busineses and transport industry associations, including the National…

A Cross Border Experience with a Mexican Trucker

We’ve all heard from the opponents of cross border trucking with Mexico how the Mexicans get a “free ride” at the border, not having to undergo inspections as they enter their country in their “dangerous, broken down trucks from junkyards in the United States and how the Mexican truckers are all “coked up cowboys” with no respect for the laws on either side of the…

As increased truck size and weights are debated in the United States, Mexico hangs on to NOM-012 2008

As the Federal Highway Safety Administration was conducting a public listening session to gauge the publics reaction to raising truck size and weights on U.S. highways, Mexico’s 5 year size and weight authorization known as NOM-012 was nearing the end of it’s 5 year authorization. NOM-012, published in 2008 allowed some combination units to operate at gross weights up to 180,000 pounds. However, since April…

Federal Police bust tractor trailer carrying cocaine – heroin. Two in custody

Mexican Federal Transport Police manning a roadblock at km 73 on the Rocky Point-Puerto Libertad highway in the municipality of Caborca stopped a refrigerated tractor trailer rig enroute from Hermosillo Sonora to Baja California, discovering almost 100 kilograms of a “white powdery” substances hidden among the pallets of tomatoes the truckers were hauling. Emigdio Hernández Partida, 29 and Jorge Elías Burgueño Delgado 42, were detained…

Juan Omar Diaz Olivares

Juan Omar Diaz Olivares driver of propane tanker charged with 23 counts of murder, property crimes in Mexico City

He was released from the hospital in Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon where he had been recuperating from his injuries received in the accident that caused 26 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec and taken under heavy guard to the Centro de Readaptación Social “Sergio García Ramírez” Chiconautla (CERESA) in Ecateoec, Mexico. Juan…

The PGJEM Has Made their Decision – And the Driver is Guilty – No proof, just GUILTY

Translated from T21MX by Osiel Cruz T21MX is a Mexican trade publication covering the Mexican trucking industry. Oriel Cruz is the General Director of the publication as well as a columnist covering trade and transport topics. Sr. Cruz column which I’m translating free style should outrage each and everyone of us, whether we be U.S or Canadian truckers. The Mexican truckers are used to this type…

Death toll in Propane Tanker explosion in Ecatepec Mexico rises to 24 – Investigation continues

The investigation into the explosion of a propane tanker pulling double trailers last week on the Mexico City to Pachuca highway continues with details emerging. Secretary of Communications and Transport, (SCT) spokesman Gerardo Ruiz Esparza  said his agency has determined the tractor double trailer combination, a 2012 Kenworth  was in compliance with all regulations pertaining to LPG transport and with those specified in NOM-012.. It…

23 dead, dozens injured in explosion of propane tanker on Mexico City – Pachuco Expressway

At least 23 people have died and more than three dozen injured in the explosion of a double propane tanker in the suburbs north of Mexico City early Tuesday morning. The accident occurred just after 0500 Tuesday morning when a double tanker truck loaded with propane gas allegedly lost control hitting the center divider on the 8 lane super highway between Mexico City and Pachuco…

Next Up – OOIDA Lawsuit tries to stop Mexican trucking using FMCSA rule not in effect – Hearing May 6

Oral arguments are scheduled to be heard May 6, 2013 before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in the latest and hopefully last frivolous and baseless lawsuit filed by Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in their attempt to bar Mexican carriers from the United States. The action (Docket# 12-1264) nominally mentions Canada and Canadian drivers to hide the fact of OOIDA’s Jim Johnston’s bias…

Truksa Mexico

DC Appeals Court “Green Lights” Cross Border Pilot Program – Opponents respond with lies and misinformation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave opponents of Cross Border Trucking yet another devastating yet unsurprising loss in their efforts to prevent Mexican trucks from operating in the United States. Not all Mexican trucks of which there are thousands with legal authority to operate, but a select few enrolled in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. The Court ruled against theOwner…

BREAKING NEWS – OOIDA & TEAMSTERS LOSE LAWSUIT AGAINST MEXICO CROSS BORDER PILOT PROGRAM

This just in from the DC Court of Appeals. Opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge KAVANAUGH. KAVANAUGH, Circuit Judge: Pursuant to statute, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently authorized a pilot program that allows Mexico-domiciled trucking companies to operate trucks throughout the United States,so long asthe trucking companies comply with certain federal safety standards. Two groups representing American truck drivers, the Owner-Operator…

Bill passes Texas House to allow overweight Mexican trucks on Texas highways

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] bill filed by State Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr of Mission that would allow Mexican refrigerated carriers to operate overweight on Texas highways passed through the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday without debate. A companion bill in the Texas Senate, introduced by Senator Juan Hinojosa of McAllen has been filed and is under consideration. The bills would allow Mexican carriers pulling refrigerated trailers to enter…

The day the circus came to town – DC Court of Appeals hears oral arguments from Teamsters & OOIDA

Lawyers for OOIDA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and their allied bogus safety groups such as Public Citizen were in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Dec. 6, trying once again to get a court to stop the Mexican cross-border trucking program. This is not the first time these groups have sought help from a court using frivolous and baseless…