When Mexican Truckers work together, Great things happen

Interesting happening in Mexico City these days as the local government bowing to demands to do something about the air pollution in the city came up with the bright idea called “Hoy, no Circulo” and applying it to truckers…. In short, it means you ain’t driving on certain days and certain hours. This didn’t set too well with the truckers down here in Mexico, who…

CANACAR says “Ya Basta!” Starts arbitration against United States for failure to comply with NAFTA Trucking provisions

  Mexico’s CANACAR transport association has commenced an arbitration action against the US, seeking $30 billion in compensation for Washington’s refusal to fully open the border to Mexican trucks, as required by the North American Free Trade Agreement more than 20 years ago. Canacar director Jose Refugio Muñoz Lopez said in an interview from Mexico City  that the US government, in the wake of the…

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.…

Mexican DOT inspections

CANACAR- Acknowledges amphetamine use among small percentage of Mexican Truckers

At the end of July, the numbers came out on Mexico’s ambitious program to test thousands of Mexican transportation workers for drug and alcohol usage in roadside and terminal inspections under an initiative called 30 Delta The results were impressive, although not all together surprising. Less than 0.2% were found to be impaired and put Out of Service. But, as happens in the United States,…

OOIDA’s latest lawsuit to stop Cross Border trucking with Mexico is as bogus as the other attempts

The latest attempt by Jim Johnston and OOIDA to throw a monkey wrench into the cogs of the Cross Border Pilot Program is another spurious and frivolous lawsuit filed against FMCSA concerning medical certification requirements for Mexican and Canadian truckers who operate in the United States. That’s right, you read it correctly. OOIDA is giving lip service to the disparity of Canadian medical requirements in…

Mexican truckers take continuing education courses to comply with US English proficiency regulations

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico…. Mexican truckers who haul the trailers back and forth across the border in Laredo Texas are enrolling in a basic course Intensive Conversational English to avoid being fined. FMCSA regulation 391.11.(b)(2) requires that truckers operating on US roadways be sufficiently proficient in English to understand road signs, converse with the public and law enforcement officers. However, the regulation gives little guidance to…

A day with a Mexican cross border transfer driver

The sun has barely begun it’s trajectory across the eastern sky as Mexican trucker José Antonio García Fuentes prepares to begin his workday. Dropping his kids off at school, Jose’ heads to his terminal for what promises to be a long and grueling day. Jose’ is a Mexican cross border transfer driver, or international transfer driver as he prefers to be called. Jose arrives at…

Canacar and Canacar Communica give insiders view into the Mexican trucking industry

The latest issue of CANACAR COMMUNICA is out and available for viewing online. CANACAR COMMUNICA is very similar to our own OVERDRIVE magazine and is presented in a similar format. Looking through the current and past issues, reveals some interesting facts and articles. In the July issue for instance, CANACAR is tracking the progress of the Cross Border Demonstration program and confirms what we’ve stated…

Teamsters file frivolous lawsuit seeking to stop Mexican Truck Program

At the 11th hour today, Teamsters, along with Public Citizen filed a lawsuit in 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco seeking to stop implementation of the Mexican Cross Border Program. The suit was filed against the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration alleging that the pilot program sets standards that aren’t stringent enough for Mexican trucks and drivers. For example,…

OOIDA asks “Is it racist to oppose the Mexican cross-border program?”

That’s the question being posed on the Landline Now Media blog by Sandi Soendker, and it’s a valid question. The obvious answer to the question is of course, no. However, in their absence of a credible argument opposing the cross border trucking program with Mexico, OOIDA and other opponents are knowingly and willfully preying on the ignorance and prejudices of their members and the public…

CATO Institute – The Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions

Comments for the Federal Register FMCSA–2011–0097 by Daniel Griswold These comments were submitted on May 4, 2011. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed restoration of long-haul cross-border trucking with Mexico in compliance with our commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement. My name is Daniel Griswold. I’m director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the…

U.S.-Mexican trucking experiment in slow lane for now!

Back in February, Mexico Trucker received a [cref guestbook request] for an interview, an occurrence that is fairly common reflecting the success of this site. Jessica Meyers, a UC Berkeley Grad student expressed interest in talking to us about the Cross Border Program. On March 29, 2008, we spent a pleasant day with her and her accomplished photographer, Erich Schlegel, Senior Staff photographer for the…

Is it really about safety or the color of the driver’s skin

The opponents and most vocal critics of the Mexican Pilot Program continue to insist their opposition is only about safety and concern over the economic impact a few Mexican trucks will have on their ability to earn a decent living. Their words and actions would suggest otherwise. Thursday, October 4, a small group of Mexican truckers gathered at the Matamoros-Brownsville International bridge to protest Mexico’s…