Category: US

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

OOIDA makes addition to overpaid lobbying staff in DC as membership and influence in Washington continues to decline

The Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) announced Friday the addition of Ben Siegrist as the Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs in the Washington, DC, office, joining Laura O’Neil as some of the highest paid and most ineffectual employees in the OOIDA hierarchy. Siegrist worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, working with both the presidential

December 28, 2012 marks end of trucking radio at SiriusXM as The Lockridge Report makes final broadcast

Real trucking radio came to an end on SiriusXM satellite radio on the last Friday of 2012 as the award winning and critically acclaimed The Lockridge Report made it’s final broadcast with a bittersweet “safety valve Friday”. The Lockridge Report which went on the air in February 2008, was hosted by internationally recognized trucking journalist

DC Court of Appeals to hear OOIDA – Teamsters frivolous & Baseless lawsuit – December 6, 2012

A three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., has set Dec. 6 to hear oral arguments in the frivolous and baseless lawsuit filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA)  against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) cross-border pilot program with Mexico. The case is a consolidated case that includes the

New Mexico MTO officer suffers heart attack responding to semi-crash on I-10

New Mexico Motor Transportation Officer Robert Potter,suffered a heart attack while responding to a commercial vehicle accident Wednesday, later passed away at a local area hospital. Potter, 41, suffered a heart attack after he responded to an accident involving two semi-truck trailers on Interstate 10 at the Vado exit, that left watermelons and chile peppers

Shortage of truck drivers being felt in Mexico as well as the United States

Victor Galindo Moreno, Neuvo Laredo Director of Federal Auto Transport Mexico (SCT), said in an interview Tuesday that drivers to haul cross border freight (conductores transfronterizos or “transfer drivers) as well as truckers to haul freight throughout Mexico are in high demand by Mexican carriers at this time. And it is not only a demand

U.S. should keep Mexican tomato agreement and ignore election year demands from Florida growers

Some groups never tire of seeking protection. One special interest with its hand perpetually out is the group led by Florida tomato growers. For decades they have been trying to stop tomatoes from Mexico from competing with them in the U.S. market. Never mind that Mexican tomatoes, because they are ripened in the field or

Credibility of Jabin Bogan & supporters in doubt as evidence emerges to counter claims of “honest mistake”

Today marks the 40th day since Demco Express driver Jabin Bogan of Dallas, entered Mexico with 268,000 rounds of prohibited military grade ammunition and was arrested and detained by Mexican authorities. We didn’t have much of an interest in this story until a couple of days after the event, when “supporters” of Bogan, for their

UPS rolls out expedited ground freight service with Mexico

by Mark Soloman – DC Velocity UPS Inc. said today it has launched an integrated ground shipping and brokerage service for heavy freight shipments between the United States and Mexico that offers faster door-to-door transit times than currently provided by less-than-truckload (LTL) operations. The bi-directional service, called “UPS CrossBorder Connect,” will utilize the trucking network