Mexico years ahead of US on medical requirements for commercial drivers

The Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program enters it 13 month without incident, accident or serious safety violations, the FMCSA has a medical review committee trying to rewrite the requirements for CDL medical examiners and the critics of the Pilot Program continue to insist that that requirements for a Mexican CDL or Licencia Federal Conductor are lax or non existent. Once again, Mexico Truckers proves them…

US Consulate in Monterrey attacked with guns and grenade

Unknown gunmen shot at the US Consulate in Monterrey and threw a grenade at the building, which did not explode. No one was injured according to a Consulate spokesman. Two unidentified men approached the US Consulate General. One of them fired several times hitting the gates and a window. The second man threw a hand grenade which did not explode because the man forgot to…

Panic selling drives Mexican peso above 13-per-dollar mark

Traders are falling over themselves this week to unload Mexico’s currency, on fears that a U.S. economic downturn would savage Mexico’s economy. The peso plunged to nearly 13.2 per dollar on Thursday from 12.3 on Wednesday and 10.9 at the end of September. The latest dive has occurred despite heavy intervention by Mexico’s central bank to stem the rout. It’s the peso’s biggest drop in…

Gustavo Arellano: My dad, the illegal immigrant

Millions of Americans point to Ellis Island as the place where their family was first introduced to the United States. Others trace their ancestry to ships that dropped anchor centuries ago in New England. Still more greeted Lady Liberty by way of airplanes and a visa. My father? He fondly remembers the comfortable space in the trunk of a Chevy Bel Air that was his…

Mexican drug initiative – Rehab for users, harsher penalties for dealers

Turning to Mexico’s increasing narcotics consumption, President Felipe Calderon has proposed stiffer penalties for small-time drug dealers while suspending punishment for addicts who agree to enter rehabilitation. “Drugs are the slavery of this century,” Calderon said in a speech Friday. “Criminals seek to make slaves of children and youths. They seek to place drugs, sometimes free of charge, in schools, in neighborhoods, to create addictions,…

USDOT-OIG report NOT a condemnation of Mexican Cross Border Program nor Mexican Trucks in general

On September 24, 2008, the USDOT Office of Inspector General issued an audit report entitled REPORT ON THE SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY OF FMCSA’S REVIEW OF CANADIAN/MEXICAN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS. Of course OOIDA jumped on this report with an article erroneously entitled Data flawed on Mexican truck safety reg compliance A glance would make you believe that Mexican trucks are not…

Mexican First Calvary Regiment – Another drug seizure and more in Miguel Aleman

Soldiers attached to the First Mechanized Calvary Regimen enjoyed another successful operation in the border town of Miguel Aleman Tamaulipas. On Saturday, a patrol searching a residence at 450 Huizache in the Colonia Rio Mezquital, They found two people bound and gagged who had apparently been kidnapped. These people were identified as Luis Octavio Garcia Estrada, 30, a native of Miguel Aleman, and Eduardo Cruz…

Who will be the next trucking company to close the doors? Jimmy Hoffa knows!

In this era of escalating fuel prices, unheard of numbers of truck repossession and a stagnant freight base, some people just don’t get it. From the AP and The Trucker comes the headline story of Teamsters picket Washington-based trucking company AUBURN, Wash. — Picketers are carrying Teamsters strike signs outside Oak Harbor Freight operations in the Pacific Northwest. Oak Harbor Freight lines, with 1300 employees,…

Proponents of Mexican Cross Border Truck Program continue to fight for what’s right

The House has made it veto-proof clear: The controversial pilot program allowing big Mexican trucks to cross the U.S. border and travel into the country must end. The Senate has yet to act, though. And Mexico and its U.S. big-business allies are ramping up their efforts to block the repeal, including a renewed warning by Mexican officials to retaliate against U.S. exports if the program…

[EDITORIAL] Teamsters scare mongering on NAFTA & Mexican Trucks

The home team trails in the third quarter as the underdog visitors steadily advance the ball. Coaches are nervous; fans are grumbling. Desperate for a turnaround, the home team announces a surprise rule change: From now on, the visitors are banned from crossing the 50-yard line. Sounds absurd, but that’s what Congress proposes to do with NAFTA, the free-trade accord it approved in 1993. Sure,…

CANACAR members institute fuel surcharge on freight moving in Mexico

As of September 16, Mexican carriers applying a fuel surcharge of just over 43 cents per kilometer Starting this week truckers and Mexican carriers affiliated with the National Chamber of Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) will implement a fuel surcharge of just over 43 cents per kilometre in addition to their normal rates of haul which average about $2.50 per kilometer, calculated from the increase in…

Busy Weekend on the border with more than 6500 pounds of pot seized

Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana over the weekend in four separate busts, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol The most recent seizure occurred Monday at Texas 16 traffic checkpoint. Hebbronville agents observed a white pickup truck heading northbound make an abrupt U-turn prior to reaching the checkpoint. Agents observed the driver of the vehicle pull onto the south side of…

[UPDATED]Opposition to Cross Border Truck program has nothing to do with safety or security concerns

Those who have followed the debate on the Mexican Cross Border Program, might have noticed as time passed, Todd Spencer and OOIDA for example kept changing their reasons for opposing FMCSA Cross Border Program. First it was “Safety issues”, then economic issues, both which have been debunked here and in other places. Jimmy Hoffa continues to rant about those “dangerous and unsafe” Mexican trucks putting…

In Mexico, trailers over 46′ to be restricted to toll road

The Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT) announced the immediate prohibition of trucks pulling trailers in access of 46 feet, effectively putting all of the Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey freight movements onto the toll road. In the past, Mexican truckers have opted to take the “free road” to save on tolls that begin at $58.00 for a truck pulling a 53′ trailer. Exceptions are when…

How about Fighting F.A.I.R. for a change we can all believe in!

So many extremist groups today claim to be America’s Voice or the Voice of the working American when in reality, they are nothing more than Klansmen of old in leisure suits. In Truth,America’s Voice is people such as me and you, tired of the lies and the pompous posturing of those who use the Immigration debate to fill their hip pockets and spread their peculiar…

Mexican Federal Police in shootout with local cops in Torreon Coahuila

Federal police opened fire on municipal cops in the northern city of Torreón early Monday, killing at least one and arresting about 30, said the city’s mayor. Mexican news reports characterized the pre-dawn altercation as a firefight between federal and local police officers. Federal authorities had no immediate comment. The incident began when federal police detained two Torreón officers and 28 city patrol vehicles responded…

HR-6630 passes 395-18 The lies of James P. Hoffa carry the day

Dismissing a White House veto threat, the House voted Tuesday to end a pilot program giving Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways. The Bush administration stressed that the United States is obligated, under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, to open up American roads to Mexican truckers, and that terminating the year-old demonstration project would have repercussions for American trucks allowed into Mexico. Passage…