Category: FMCSA

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

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

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

MCSAC meeting scheduled to discuss U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s (MCSAC) subcommittee on the U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Pilot Program will meet on Monday, July 28, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (E.D.T.). The meeting will be held at FMCSA’s National Training Center (NTC),

FMCSA releases proposed ELD rule – Comment Period To Be Announced

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The proposed rulemaking would

Participant in Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico has operating authority revoked by FMCSA

The Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico has been in operation for 28 months and a participant has had his authority to operate revoked by FMCSA after scoring a “Conditional” rating during a compliance review. SERGIO TRISTAN MALDONALDO DBA TRISTAN TRANSFER domiciled in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas was notified by the FMCSA on January 23, 2014 that their

2013 Cross Border Trucking Audit finds few problems in FMCSA’s Border truck enforcement.

In it’s annual report on the state of cross border trucking with Mexico, the USDOT Inspector General found that FMCSA was generally in compliance with rules established by Congress in 2002 generally referred to as Section 350(c). This years report covered deficiencies pertaining to bus inspections at border crossings suggesting that few if any problems

Four more participants in Cross Border Pilot Program earn “Permanent Operating Authority”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted permanent authority on May 23, to four more Mexican carriers participating in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. Five of the twelve participants now have this earned upgrade. FMCSA issued permanent authority to Moises Alveraz Perez, Servicios Refrigerados Internationals and Higienicos Y Desechables Del Bajo and Transportes

OOIDA follows TEAMSTERS lead in asking for rehearing of their lawsuit against Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program

It wasn’t totally unexpected following the announcement that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has filed an appeal with the D.C. Court of Appeals for an “en banc” hearing of their lawsuit against Mexican trucks, that OOIDA would step up to once again use the US Court system in a frivolous manner. That’s right boys and

Opponents of Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico up to their old tricks – Scare the hell out of John Q. Public

On April 19, 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed all claims against the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico saying that none of the 13 points made in the petition for review were “persuasive” to the Court. Today is the last day for Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and International Brotherhood of

FMCSA Opens Comment Period for Another Participant in Cross-Border Program with Mexico

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on allowing another Mexico-based carrier in the long haul cross-border pilot program. The public has until May 6 to present their views about RAM Trucking SA de CV’s possible participation, after the agency gave it a passing grade on its Pre-Authorization

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

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

Two Mexican carriers “Fail” PASA for entrance into the Cross Border Pilot Program – One other close to revocation

As has been reported extensively and with neutrality in the majority of the trucking trade journals, two Mexican motor carriers who applied for participation in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico were denied entrance due to a failed safety audit. Transportes Mor SA de CV and Adriana Leon Amaro