Category: FMCSA

Teamsters “Bizarre” response to FMCSA on Mexican truck issue

Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters responded to the FMCSA’s response to the Teamster’s frivolous lawsuit with a totally bizarre brief, full of spin and out and out lies. Nothing we haven’t come to expect from the opponents of Mexican trucks and of America fulfilling the promises we made to our southern neighbor. The irrelevant

What’s the problem with the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico?

The story in Friday’s edition of the San Diego Union Tribune brought to light the low level of participation in the Cross Border Pilot Program for Mexican carriers with the revelation that two officials from FMCSA were in Tijuana meeting with Mexican transportation stakeholders hoping to interest more Mexican carriers in participating in the program.

FMCSA responds to Teamsters/OOIDA’s frivolous lawsuits – “You have no standing’

From THE TRUCKER– Essentially saying they have “no dog in the hunt,” the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Wednesday responded to lawsuits by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the International Brotherhood of Teamster challenging the legality of the cross-border trucking pilot program. “OOIDA’s members are not regulated by the program,

Witch hunt against Mexican carrier by OOIDA returns minor violation of leasing regs.

Grupo Behr, the Mexican carrier who was the first victim of OOIDA’s campaign of propaganda and misinformation, has allegedly been found to be in violation of  leasing statutes in Section 219 of the 1999 Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act, according to William Quade assistant administrator for FMCSA’s  Enforcement and Compliance division. Section 219 of the 1999

Transportes Olympics granted “Permanent Operating Authority” under new Pilot Program Rules. OOIDA cries “Foul”

After the completion of their first trip to Garland Texas under the new Cross Border Pilot Program, Transportes Olympics has been granted “permanent operating authority” by the FMCSA as specified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the cross border program. The announcement was made last Wednesday by FMCSA North American Borders Specialist Carla Vagnini

Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program officially underway as first Mexican truck arrives at Laredo

An editorial caught me eye this morning, on this day that the first Mexican carrier to be granted authority to operate beyond the commercial zone enters the U.S. It reads in part; When a nation signs and ratifies a treaty with another, it is in effect a contract between those countries. And when one country

FMCSA publishes response to PASA’s in Federal Register as required by law

This morning, the FMCSA, as required by law, published their responses to comments made by interested parties concerning the first two companies to pass their initial Pre-Authorization Safety Audits, the first step to acquiring provisional operating authority for the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. This is the content of FMCSA’s reply: AGENCY: Federal Motor

Tariff’s are lifted as first Mexican carrier receives authority to operate in the United States

What can only be described as a resounding success in our efforts to see the United States come into compliance with it obligations under the NAFTA accords, the remaining 50 percent of the $2.4 billion regulatory tariffs imposed by Mexico in 2009 will now be lifted. The tariff’s, imposed after the Obama Administration signed a


Just as we've suggested all along, and now, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the availability of a Final Environmental Assessment that evaluates the potential environmental impacts resulting from the implementation of its U.S.-Mexico cross-border long-haul trucking pilot program. The agency says it received five comments to its draft environmental assessment and

Rep. Peter DeFazio follows OOIDA’s lead with letter “DEMANDING” answers

Rep. Peter DeFazio, following OOIDA President Jim Johnston’s example sent a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro demanding she address his bogus concerns about the safety of Mexican trucks on U.S. roads. But this isn’t about this vile little man’s irrelevant letter to Ms Ferro. It’s to be expected. Despite the fact DeFazio was elected

OOIDA sends another letter blasting Secretary Ray LaHood on Mexican Pilot Program

This is so ridiculous it borders on the absurd. Yesterday, OOIDA President Jim Johnston sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood venting his frustrations at his associations failure to hoodwink Congress and the public into putting a stop to the cross border trucking program with Mexico. Here’s some excerpts of the letter to LaHood:

OOIDA loses first round in lawsuit against Mexican cross border program

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the injunction sought by the Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in their attempt to stop the Mexican cross border pilot program. According to TODAYS TRUCKING, the Court did agree to fast track the frivolous lawsuit meaning written arguments could be accepted as early

First two applicants for the Mexican Cross Border Program have passed their PASA’s

FMCSA spokesperson Candice Tolliver Burns announced late yesterday that two of the 7 applicants for the Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program with Mexico have successfully  passed their Pre-Authorization Safety Audits (PASA) and are ready to roll. [pullquote]Legislative UpdateAn effort by Rep. Steven LaTourette [R-OH14] yesterday to insert an amendment into the transportation bill prohibiting expenditure

USDOT/OIG – FMCSA Generally Complies With Statutory Requirements, but Actions Are Needed Prior To Initiating Its NAFTA Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program

On August 19, 2011, the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Transportation, a non-partisan independent office tasked with oversight of the various agencies, released it’s long awaited audit on the Mexican cross border program, preparing to get underway. This audit was required by Section 6901 of the U.S. Troop Readiness,

Cross Border Trucking with Mexico – “It’s going to happen, There is no way to stop it”

During the scheduled meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in Alexandria Virginia yesterday, those were the words of  Carlos Sesma, an attorney representing Mexican trucking interests before the committee. And Sesma was correct. The MCSAC is a subcommittee of the FMCSA charged with overseeing the Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program. OOIDA Executive Vice-President Todd