CVSA Removes “English Requirements” (391.11(b)(2)) in Updated Out-of Service Criteria

Roadside inspectors no longer will place Mexican or Canadian truckers operating in the United States “Out-of-Service”  if they are unable to communicate in English, according to new Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance “tolerance guidelines”. CVSA said the procedures will go into effect April 1. The changes were approved by CVSA’s board and the majority of the membership, said Stephen Keppler, executive director of CVSA. The language…

United States to Expand Trade Opportunities with Mexico through Safe Cross-Border Trucking

January 9, 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.   The policy change is expected to result…

OOIDA responds to OIG Cross Border Audit

The Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), whose  continued efforts to stop Mexican trucks over the past two decades has failed miserably, responded this afternoon to the findings of the Cross Border Pilot Program final audit released this morning. As usual, instead of accepting the facts, they had to put their own spin on the report, accusing FMCSA of padding the numbers and swaying the…

Final OIG Report on Cross Border Trucking reveals no reason not to comply and allow Mexican trucks full access

The long awaited final report on the cross border program was released today by the Office of Inspector General of the USDOT and the results reveal there is absolutely no reason for the United States not to comply with their obligations to allow Mexican trucks full and equal access to this country. As expected, the OIG arrived at the conclusion that FMCSA lacked an adequate number…

DOT Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus & Truck Industries

FMCSA releases proposed ELD rule – Comment Period To Be Announced

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The proposed rulemaking would significantly reduce the paperwork burden associated with hours-of-service recordkeeping for…

Participant in Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico has operating authority revoked by FMCSA

The Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico has been in operation for 28 months and a participant has had his authority to operate revoked by FMCSA after scoring a “Conditional” rating during a compliance review. SERGIO TRISTAN MALDONALDO DBA TRISTAN TRANSFER domiciled in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas was notified by the FMCSA on January 23, 2014 that their MX-OP-1 provisional operating authority had been revoked and to cease…

Supreme Court rejects OOIDA’s bogus attempt to derail Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico

The United States Supreme Court has refused, without comment, to hear the petition filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in their continuing effort to shut down cross border trucking with Mexico. OOIDA had petitioned the court for review of the decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals that rejected all of the arguments put before it by the association and the Teamsters. In…

Road Machinery Co SA de CV approved to become 15th participant in Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico

Road Machinery Co SA de CV domiciled in Cananea, Sonora has become the 15th carrier to earn the right to participate in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico, according to a letter from FMCSA Associate Administrator for Enforcement, William Quade to Shaun Kildare of Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety, one of several bogus safety groups that oppose the Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program. Road…

Road Machinery Co SA de CV – Comments open for 15th Mexican Carrier to enter Cross Border Pilot Program

Road Machinery Co SA de CV domiciled in Cananea, Sonora will be the 15th carrier to earn the right to participate in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico once the 10 day comment period ends on November 22, 2013 Road Machinery Co SA de CV will have one truck and one driver participating in the project, according to a Federal Register notice that was published…

OOIDA President Jim Johnston

OOIDA Petitions United State Supreme Court to rule on Mexican Truck Program

Not content to accept the rulings of the D.C. Court of Appeals which recently rejected arguments  by the Teamsters, OOIDA and their allies to put the brakes on the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association now turns to the United States Supreme Court in their latest attempt. If history is any indication, this effort will end in failure also.…

14th Mexican motor carrier, TRACSO, earns entrance into Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico

Transportation & Cargo Solutions S de RL de CV aka TRACSO, a Mexican motor carrier domiciled in Cd. Juarez Chihuahua, becomes the 14th Mexican carrier to pass their Pre-Authority Safety Audit and earn the right to participate in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. TRACSO operates 154 tractors as a drayage carrier operating within the El Paso commercial zone. They have been cleared to operate…

Opponents of Mexican trucks turn to Main Stream Media to Misinform the Public

I thought it appropriate this morning as we prepare to battle opponents of cross border trucking over the newest entrant into the program, to take a look at the underhanded manner in which opponents of this so far successful program try to oppose it. Earlier in the month, opponents of Mexican trucks banded together and sent a letter of protest to FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro,…

Safe, fully inspected Mexican trucks such as this one would be allowed access to US

Opponents of Cross Border Trucking with Mexico Continue to Fail in Efforts to Stop Program

In May of 2013, having failed in all previous attempts to stymie, delay or stop each applicant to the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico from being given provisional authority to enter the program, a representative from each of the opposing groups sent a letter of protest to FMCSA Commissioner Ann Ferro. The letter was signed by representatives of OOIDA, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway &…

DC Court of Appeals deals OOIDA another crushing blow – Upholds legality of Mexican Cross Border Trucking

The DC Court of Appeals on Friday dealt OOIDA yet another crushing blow in their attempt to put an end to the Cross Border Pilot program using absurd arguments not anchored in facts that the court found “not to be persuasive”. In a terse 19 word statement, the Court denied the requested rehearing before the full court on the 7 frivolous issues OOIDA had raised…

Mexican National Fleet

13th Mexican carrier earns participation in Cross Border Pilot Program

FMCSA has indicated it will be issuing operating authority to Sergio Tristan Maldonado operating under the trade name Tristan Transfer (USDOT#2348928) despite the frivolous and baseless objections from the Advocates for Highway Safety. Tristan Transfer will be the 13th participant in the Cross Border Pilot Program and will bring one truck and two drivers into the program. On June 26, 2013, FMCSA posted notice for comments…

Qualcomm

New Hours of Service Rules now in effect

It’s July 1 people, the day that some have said will turn the trucking industry on it’s ear. The new Hours of Service regulations went into effect an hour ago with immediate enforcement of the new rules expected. Two changes to the rules, first put into place in on January 1, 2004, have many truckers concerned. The 34 hour restart may only be used once…

Mexican Customs (Aduanales Mexicano) at the Bridge of the Americas, Juarez Mexico

Four more participants in Cross Border Pilot Program earn “Permanent Operating Authority”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted permanent authority on May 23, to four more Mexican carriers participating in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. Five of the twelve participants now have this earned upgrade. FMCSA issued permanent authority to Moises Alveraz Perez, Servicios Refrigerados Internationals and Higienicos Y Desechables Del Bajo and Transportes Monteblanco. Transportes Olympics, the first participant in both the 2007…