OOIDA cites bogus crash rates in letter opposing long-haul trucks from Mexico

Mexican truckers taking a break at the toll booths between Monterrey and Saltillo

After a coalition of more than 100 trade associations urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to keep trucking provisions allowing long-haul trucks from Mexico in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to Lighthizer with a counterargument: NAFTA’s Mexican long-haul truck program was a failure and needs to go. The same bogus and baseless argument rife with erroneous statistics they’ve used for decades.

In the letter to Lighthizer dated Nov. 17, OOIDA reiterated it’s false narrative against the provision allowing long-haul trucks from Mexico after a coalition sent a letter to Lighthizer on Nov. 14 arguing to keep the provision. OOIDA argues that stakeholders who are in favor of keeping Mexican trucks in any updated version of NAFTA are making “false claims about the current state of cross-border Mexican trucking.”

Interestingly enough, it is OOIDA and the TEAMSTERS who have been making “false claims” against Mexican trucks and drivers for over a decade now. Claims that have been thoroughly and successfully debunked on this website, time and again.

“The United States Department of Transportation continues to make unacceptable, special accommodations to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers that the U.S. did not promise or agree to under NAFTA 1.0. This failed program has allowed Mexican trucking companies and drivers that are not held to the same, rigorous U.S. safety, security or environmental regulations to operate on American roadways which has resulted in higher crash rates.”

Of course that claims nothing more than lies which we’ve come to expect from the leadership, if you can call them that at OOIDA.

According to OOIDA’s letter, Mexican carriers were involved in 149 crashes this past year which caused 76 injuries and four fatalities. Adjusted to vehicle miles traveled, that translates to 414.7 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The national average for U.S. carriers is 148.5 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Now, we have no idea where OOIDA get’s there numbers. Maybe pulling them out of a hat or something. Or maybe they are making up numbers based on COMMERCIAL ZONE CARRIERS whom OOIDA has no problem with their continued operations.

As you can see from the numbers from FMCSA, the real truth is evident.

This is the kind of lies and deceit we’ve come to expect from OOIDA and their allies over the years that they’ve opposed the inclusion of Mexican trucks into our commerce stream.

And ultimately, I believe, they’ll once again fail!

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