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

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…

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

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

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,…

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

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…

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

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…

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Mexican Truckers stage work stoppage – Close down major highways

Mexican Truckers stage work stoppage – Close down major highways

It’s well known within the US trucking industry that if you get 10 truck drivers together, they won’t be able to agree on the time of day, much less do something about it. Not so in Mexico where this morning more than 20,000 Mexican truck drivers took to the roads to protest against broken promises made to the by the Mexican government. On May 1st…

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Transportes Olympic adds 5 trucks to Cross Border Pilot Program

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…

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

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…

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A Cross Border Experience with a Mexican Trucker

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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