The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has extended by six months the decree that sets the maximum weight for double trailers at 75.5 tons, a reduction from the 80 tons previously allowed, according to a notice published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (DOF). The Diario Oficial de la Federacion is the equivalent of the United States Federal Register where all items of government are published.
In April, following a number of spectacular and fatal truck crashes in Mexico, and after strong protests by Mexican truckers, the SCT issued an order lowering the allowable gross weight of double trailer to 75.5 tons and requiring more frequent inspections and enforcement of hauling permit requirements.
As published in the DOF, the SCT stated;
“Se prorroga, por un plazo de seis meses, la vigencia del Acuerdo que modifica el transitorio segundo de la Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-012-SCT-2-2008, sobre el peso y dimensiones máximas con los que pueden circular los vehículos de autotransporte que transitan en las vías generales de comunicación de jurisdicción federal, publicada el 1 de abril de 2008; mismo que fue publicado en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el 30 de abril de 2012”
Loosely translated, that says;
“This act is hereby extended for a period of six months, the term of the Agreement amending the transitional second of NOM-012-SCT-2-2008, on the weight and dimensions that can circulate with motor carriers passing in the means of communication of federal jurisdiction, published April 1, 2008, which was published in the Official Journal of the Federation on April 30, 2012,
Additionally, the SCT announced its intention to extend these changes through a regulatory impact statement sent last week to the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission (Cofemer).
The impetous for this extension was report showing that the number of accidents in which vehicles pulling double trailer combinations fell 9% between May and August, after the April restrictions in the gross vehicle weight was put in place which also required mandatory Level I CVSA checks..
According to data shared by SCT, there were 207 accidents in the period from May to August this year, compared to 228 in the same period of 2011.
But the extension is not without it’s critics, similar to what occurs in the United States. the National Association of Private Transport (ANTP) who was adamantly opposed to the reduction in weights in April, criticized the extension saying the measure lacked a scientific basis. Reminds you of the tactics of OOIDA, The Teamsters and ATA on various issues in the United States.