OOIDA uses alleged “bogus” data to try and discredit Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program

Frio Express truck in Mexico
EPA compliant trucks such as this one belonging to Frio Express and many bought from dealers in the USA are now the latest targets of OOIDA's efforts to discredit Mexican trucks

The latest effort by OOIDA to discredit the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico comes in a posting by OOIDA’s Senior Editor Jami Jones titled “LIPSTICK ON A PIG” in which she uses very suspect and possibly bogus data provided in a Power Point Presentationby the California Air Resources Board otherwise known by the acronym CARB.

Jones says;

The emission standards for Mexico’s new truck engines are equivalent to the 2004 standards here in the U.S. So no matter when that truck was built, if it was built any time after 2007 it pollutes 19 times more nitrogen oxides, nine times more particulate matter, eight times more hydrocarbons than the same engine model years in U.S. trucks. They pollute more, a lot more. Period.

Nothing new here. OOIDA has been a font of misinformation and at times, out and out lies about the Mexican trucking industry, all of which has been debunked here over the past 6 years.

Possibly bogus or suspect data chart from CARB and OOIDA
Suspect and possibly bogus data used by Senior Editor Jami Jones in OOIDA's further attempts to discredit the Mexican trucking industry.

Here’s what makes this data extremely suspect.

On Dec. 10, 2008 CARB scientist Hien T. Tran admitted to Bart Croes, head of the air board’s research department, that he had lied about having a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California Davis. Tran was no minor player in the air board hierarchy. He was the lead scientist and coordinator of an ambitious, far-reaching study on diesel emissions that air board leaders thought made a powerful case for sweeping new rules governing the heavy-duty trucks responsible for most such emissions.

Let’s repeat this. TRAN WAS THE LEAD SCIENTIST AND COORDINATOR for the diesel rules now in effect and of this “study” which Jones uses to support her dubious claims.

When this was revealed, CARB’s responsibilities were plain: It should have immediately suspended Tran and commissioned an independent outside evaluation of Tran’s work. And it should have put off action on proposed regulations based on Tran’s research. However, just the opposite occurred.

Instead, 2 days later on December 12, the board voted unanimously for the rules. The media covering this high-profile hearing at which this action was taken were not told that CARB knew the lead scientist on the study justifying the regulations had lied about his academic credentials.

For Trans deception, he was demoted and given a 60 day suspension and still works for CARB.

But the hypocrisy of Jones’s article is quite evident when you look back over the years at OOIDA’s opposition to CARB rulemaking, objections which myself, and most other truckers share. Further information can be seen here at the CARB TRUCKSTOP.

Here are some examples of OOIDA’s objections to CARB rules:

And somewhere in the mix, OOIDA raised holy hell about Tran’s deception and fraud in his employment with CARB to no avail.

But now, OOIDA is jumping on information from the same agency they opposed in numerous instances in what will be another failed attempt to stop a few safe, qualifed, closely monitored and EPA compliant Mexican trucks. Does anyone see the hypocrisy in action here?

And what Jone fails to point out also is that the majority, if not all, Mexican owned trucks participating in the Cross Border Pilot and those that will be used in the future, are all purchased in the United States and fully comply with EPA regulations in force at date of manufacture. Something they conveniently forget to mention in their articles slamming Mexico. We can only assume that at OOIDA, journalistic and personal ethics go out the window when the subject of Mexican trucks is discussed.