Once again OOIDA attacks a Mexican carrier with blatant lies, misrepresentations and other “errors of omission”

Grupo Cementos Chihuahua workers
Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua is the latest Mexican carriers to be attacked by OOIDA in their pathetic attempt to stop Mexican trucks from operating in the US, something they have done safely and successfully for more than 50 years.
Nobody pays much attention to the folks at OOIDA anymore when it comes to Mexico and our Cross Border Pilot Program, other than FMCSA, which really has no choice.

In a letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, OOIDA President Jim Johnston urged the FMCSA to deny the application of GCC Transporte S.A. DE C.V. based on several bogus factors.

GCC, (Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua) Transporte SA De CV is a Private Property carrier with main office in Chihuahua City, Mexico. The carrier has OP-2 MX operating authority acquired in 1986 and operating in the U.S.-Mexico border commercial zone in El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Cl, Mexico. Private Property Carrier means that GCC hauls their own products.

In 2007, the carrier participated as OP-1 MX operator for a period of 16 months during the initial phase of OP-1 MX PASA Pilot Program. The carrier operated under this authority between November 2007 and March 2009. When PASA project was halted, the carrier reverted back to operating on previous OP-2 MX operating authority and resumed commercial operations within the border commercial zone between Mexico & United States. This, other than being Mexican is at the crux of Jim Johnston’s ludicrous challenge to this application. Under current rules, GCC could be granted “permanent operating authority” in as little as 2 months after granting of the provisional authority.

The entire comment from OOIDA is available HERE:

You can read OOIDA’s propaganda piece here if you have the stomach for it.

What OOIDA refuses to acknowledge, or perhaps the powers that be at OOIDA are simply too damned stupid to understand, is that the issue of Mexican trucks operating in the Unites States is not an issue with the majority of Americans and American truckers. And their sophomoric objections and juvenile attempts to derail the program carrier by carrier will ultimately fail.

Mexican trucks in this country are nothing new. Some carriers have enjoyed full access to the US for more than 50 years. Hard to believe isn’t it? One would have to ask why they’ve never heard or seen these carriers. Could it be that despite what OOIDA, Teamsters and the bogus safety groups that protest Mexican truckers and carriers, you don’t hear about them because they go about their business in a safe, professional and courteous manner? That well could be because it happens to be the truth of the matter.

By the way. What OOIDA doesn’t want you to know when they speak of the independent affiliates of Grupo Cementos Chihuahua around the United States and their safety ratings, with differ between safersys.org and the new SMS basics, is that most, if not all of the equipment listed is short haul trailer dumps and cement mixers, that dues to the environment that they operate in are prone to higher maintenance issues than say a long haul over the road rig. More of OOIDA’s “errors of omission”.

Silly fools!