Does OOIDA’s Mark H. Reddig think we’re all as stupid as he sounds?

Outbound road rigs belonging to TUM of Nuevo Laredo in outbound inspection lanes at the Nuevo Laredo Terminal. Mexican carriers have strict policies that must be conformed to before a rig hits the road.
Outbound road rigs belonging to TUM of Nuevo Laredo in outbound inspection lanes at the Nuevo Laredo Terminal. Mexican carriers have strict policies that must be conformed to before a rig hits the road.
Most of us have heard Mark H. Reddig who hosts the OOIDA Landlinenow hour on XM radio, and know him as one who at times, has problems with reality and truth backed by facts, and this is one of those times.

Reddig writes on the Landlinenow blog. In Mexico, our rejects can come back to haunt us

Give me a fucking break! OOIDA and the Teamsters crap has been exposed for what it is and disproved numerous times here and elsewhere.

Here is an expert line by line analysis of Reddig’s ridiculous claims.

We’re all troubled enough about trucks based in Mexico coming over the U.S. border and operating here.

It is a proven fact that only a small minority know anythng about nor could care less about Mexican trucks coming into this country. The past 15 months of the Cross Border Program has proven beyond any doubt that these companies and employees are as qualified and safe to operate here as any of our guys.

A trucker called in recently to tell us that once again, he was seeing a group of trucks – badly maintained, long past their prime and far less than road worthy – being readied for shipment to Mexico to be used in freight hauling there.

We’re certain a “trucker” did call whining about something he knows absolutely nothing about. These trucks bought in the US, some from salvage yards and others from used truck dealers are going to Mexico. The salvage trucks are stripped for usable parts and resold. Components are rebuilt in some cases. What remains is sold for scrap at a profit. It’s a good and profitable business in Mexico.

Trucks bought at auction or from used dealers are put to work as cross border shuttle trucks which never travel more than 10 miles round trip from point to point. Some are sold as starter trucks for Mexican owner operators who in most cases, will never cross the border with them.

And the post goes on to say;

This is a story we’ve heard many times before, and it’s been confirmed as well.

Yes, we’ve heard this same line of crap for 17 years and that’s what it is, pure bullshit! All that has been confirmed is the protectionists with an agenda feel the need to post crap such as this because the facts don’t support their position.

And it’s one of the reasons why it’s a bad idea to simply allow trucks based in Mexico to run free on U.S. highways without requiring them to meet the same safety regulations all of you do.

I would agree with Reddig’s above statement if there was one iota of truth to what he says. Reddig and the rest know well that Mexican trucks, especially those allowed to operate beyond the Commercial Zones are held to a far stricter standard than US or their Canadian counterparts. This is well documented and the resulting safety statistic prove this. Mexican trucks are not allowed to “run free” in the US by any stretch of the imagination.

The trucks our industry rejects – the ones that are so hopeless that they’re not worth repairing to the point of roadworthiness – are shipped out of the country to nations where the safety regulations aren’t as strict.

Again, another misleading statement that we’ve become accustomed to from OOIDA. These are trucks that are past their usefulness in this country and sold or traded in. Some are wrecks bought from insurance adjusters. Mexico, being a full participant in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has basically the same safety standards as the US and Canada.

Look in the downloads section of this site. I believe we have posted Mexican SCT safety regs. If not, I’ll see about putting them up.

And Mexico is one of the main destinations.

If they’re headed south, that’s a no brainer.

If folks in Mexico are OK with those trucks on their roads, that’s their business. It’s their country.

Again, most will not be put on the roads, and those that are, are in the same category as most of our port haulers and rail head haulers in the US. Same type and age of rigs.

But this nation has a different set of rules, stricter rules, rules designed to keep everyone involved safe.

This is true. Some of them very anal and self serving with questionable results in keeping everyone safe. And looking at the statistics from the Cross Border Program to date, the Mexican trucks are doing a better job at compliance than we are. The proof is crystal clear.

As of November 6, 2008, US-domiciled vehicles and drivers had an out of service rate of 6.9% and 22.7% respectively. In comparison, Mexico-domiciled vehicles and drivers operating in the US had an out of service rate of 1.3% and 20.9% respectively

The article continues with it’s unsubstantiated claims.

Once a truck is declared unsafe for use on our highways, it shouldn’t be allowed to run just because it came across a border.

Again, Reddig make a big assumption of facts not in evidence. What evidence is there that these trucks are anything but what they are, used trucks. And it is well documented, thanks in a great part to the rules established for the Cross Border Program, should these trucks cross our border doing drayage work between the maguilladoras in Mexico and the forwarders in the US, they will pass across a OPEN Inspection station run by State Commercial Enforcement officials. Those are the rules and they are being followed. No way around these static facilities either. When the commercial border crossings are in operation, so are the Inspection facilities.

That statement doesn’t even deal with the lack of fairness in allowing foreign trucks privileges and considerations in this country that U.S. trucks would never receive. But that’s another conversation.

And with this final statement, Mark H. Reddig really tries to blow smoke up everyones ass making a statement he knows is incorrect.

Lack of fairness? US trucks have the same rights of entry into Mexico as Mexican trucks do into the US, should they choose to do so. American drayage trucks are allowed to deliver within the border commercial zone inside of Mexico the same as the Mexicans do in the US.

US companies who have participated in the Cross Border Demonstration Program, have made twice as many trips into the interior of Mexico as the Mexican participants have made into the US, and with half the trucks.
SOURCE:(1,287 trips into US for Mexican rigs, 2,311 American trips into Mexico)
And it might be noted, these companies have not experienced any of the dire and catastrophic consequences of operating in Mexico as Dale Sommers and the trolls at OOIDA have tried to make people believe.

Take another instance of the success of the Cross Border Program. A&R International, a dry bulk hauler out of Joliet Illinois, operating 14 trucks under the Cross Border Program made 1,225 border crossings and saved US$188,000 in transfer fees in 9 months. The total time saved by direct border crossings is estimated at 1,225 hours (a minimum decrease of one hour per crossing). This is direct savings and adds to the bottom line of an American company and saves American jobs, contrary to the claims of the protectionists such as Reddig and his allies.

AVOMEX INTERNATIONAL, one of the early participants in the demonstration program, and also one that Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA, slandered, early on with false statistics has this to say about their participation to date, not coincidently, safely and without accident or incident.

Of the 128 trips made per month by the company (AVOMEX), 75% are made under the DP, of which 30% return loaded with supplies. The US companies are saving about US$ 6,800 monthly in payments to operators and fuel cost due to a better use and operation of trucks under the DP

Since all of the propaganda that has been thrown around by OOIDA, Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters and others have been disproved conclusively here and in other venues, you would think these people would give up and concentrate their efforts on things that would help this industry. I guess fear mongering pays better dividends.

For those who desire further proof, visit our photo galleries. These are the real trucks operating in Mexico. And they are nothing akin to the fantasies of Mark Reddig and company.