OOIDA issued this statement about the Supreme Court and the Mexican Truck Pilot Program. As expected, it was short on facts and full of the usual misinformation about Mexican trucks and truckers.
OOIDA had asked the Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision allowing the Mexican truck pilot program to continue, alleging that the international agreement that drivers’ licenses for Mexican truck operators are the equivalent of those required of U.S. drivers was trumped by the federal CDL statutes that are far more stringent for U.S. drivers. And, that the differences between the two licensing systems can only be reconciled in an authorizing bill rather than an appropriations bill, as they were in this instance.
Those who actually drive a truck in the U.S. know there is no comparison between the hoops they have to jump through and what is done south of the border. For policymakers to somehow suggest it’s all the same is a slap in the face.
Actually, as we’ve proven countless times, the requirements for a Mexican Licencia Federal Conductor are much more stringent that those requirements for a CDL in the United States.
A good example is that for more than 15 years, the medical exam has been incorporated into the Mexican commercial license. The United States on the other hand, is just now doing the same with their requirement that medical cards be submitted to the state DMV’s by January 30, 2014.
Applicants for a Mexican CDL undergo medical testing in government certified facilities by government certified medical personnel. The United States is still trying to get their Registry of Certified Medical Examiners up and running.
Applicants for a Mexican CDL must complete 120 hours of training prior to applying for the Mexican CDL and participate in continuing training every two years before renewal of the license is permitted. The FMCSA recently threw out their 5 year old effort to establish minimum training standards for new applicants and are back to square one.
It would seem that the U.S. via the FMCSA is trying to upgrade it’s standards to meet Mexico’s instead of, as OOIDA is quick to claim, that Mexico needs to raise their standards to meet ours.
This post is part of the thread: Mexico Cross Border Pilot Program – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.