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…

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New initiative aims to curb abuse by Oversize/Overweight haulers in Mexico

Concerned with trucks hauling oversize/overweight loads that exceed Federal size and weight limits, Zepahua Lilian Garcia, a Deputy in the lower chamber of the Mexican Congress from the state of Veracruz,  has introduced a bill to reform provisions of Mexico’s Motor Carrier Law. Her bill would require that owners and drivers of trucks registered in Mexico be held responsible for providing proof of weight of the…

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…

Latest Lawsuit against Mexican trucks by OOIDA/Teamsters, a web of distortions and baseless non-sense

The Petition for Review (15-70754) filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) jumping in as intervenors, is a study in ridiculous distortions of previous Court rulings which have all ruled in favor of FMCSA, and baseless rhetoric. The latest filing by both parties before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in nothing more than rehashing issues that have…

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FMCSA announces Official Acceptance of Mexico’s NOM-68

The FMCSA, this week, published in the Federal Register, it’s decision to accept the Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM) or Official Mexican Standard) concerning the periodic inspection (PI) of commercial vehicles (CMV’s). FMCSA reviewed NOM-068-SCT-2-2014 (NOM68) and determined that it should be added to the list of programs which are compatible to, or as effective as, the Federal PI requirements contained in FMCSA regulations 49 CFR part…

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MTO Online is back after a short hiatus

After the Cross Border Pilot Program successfully concluded last year and permanent operating authority was given to the participants who earned it, and despite the continued outcry and threats from those who continued to adamantly and unsuccessfully opposed it, I took a short hiatus from the issue for some “me” with my family. After 10 years of successfully advocating for the inclusion of Mexican carriers into our industry,…

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

Teamster’s frivolous lawsuit against Mexican trucks and OOIDA’s Intervention

If anyone is wondering why nothing has been written about the Mexican truck issue, it’s for a very good reason. As the data from FMCSA has proven, it’s always been a non-issue. Since FMCSA began issuing permanent operating authority to Mexican carriers the first of the year, only three, other than the Pilot Program participants have applied for, and received, operating authority in the United…

Protest Mexican trucks at Otay mesa

Text of OOIDA Motion to Intervene in Teamsters Lawsuit against Mexican Trucks

Einstein had it right! Insanity, pure insanity from the penthouse executive suites in Grain Valley Missouri, headquarters to the Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association. As promised previously, we have the filing OOIDA made yesterday to intervene in the latest frivolous and baseless lawsuit filed by the Teamsters in failed attempt to keep legal, safe and compliant Mexican trucks out of the United States. OOIDA “claims”…

Mexican trucks are here, and they’re here to stay! End of Story!!!

Three months ago, the DOT Office of Inspector General released it’s final report to Congress concerning the previously completed Pilot Program which tested the mettle of Mexico carriers to operate safely and in full compliance with our laws and regulations. Despite a low number of participants in the program, the program was successful and in January, FMCSA sent their required report to Congress indicating they…

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…

Has Rep. Peter DeFazio once again been bought by OOIDA?

After a three year hiatus where we heard nothing from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or) about the Cross Border Pilot Program, despite being one of it’s most outspoken critics at the behest of his handlers at Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), it appears he is back in the fold spouting the party line in opposition of Mexican trucks in the United States. According to this…

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…

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

Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico concludes – Participants granted Standard Operating Authority by FMCSA

In a surprising but not unanticipated move, the FMCSA granted the 13 Mexican motor carriers who participated recently concluded Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico Standard Operating Authority meaning they can continue to conduct business in the United States beyond the commercial zones as they have been doing for the past 36 months. And as anticipated, upon conclusion of the Pilot Program, the two organizations…

MCSAC meeting scheduled to discuss U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s (MCSAC) subcommittee on the U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Pilot Program will meet on Monday, July 28, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (E.D.T.). The meeting will be held at FMCSA’s National Training Center (NTC), 1310 North Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201. The…

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Supreme Court Denies OOIDA petition to stop Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) latest attempt to shut down the successful Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. OOIDA contended that a federal appeals court erred when it said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could exempt Mexican and Canadian drivers from U.S. medical certification requirements. Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia…

20 Years after signing of NAFTA, United States still refuses to comply with trucking provisions

20 years after Mexico, Canada and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the folly of the United States failure to fully comply with the trucking provisions of NAFTA as they apply to Mexico is increasing tensions between the two countries. A few days ago, the consulting firm Standard & Poor’s released a study on the benefits that NAFTA has had on Mexico which…

CANACAR Arbitration action still valid despite claims of some in the media to the contrary

Since we reported in February that the Mexican trucking association known as Camara Nacional del Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) had brought back to the negotiating table, its 2009 demand for arbitration, various media outlets have made the claim that no such demand exists. They are incorrect. OVERDRIVEONLINE has a provocative headline that say “US says no suit from Mex Association” but goes on to say in the…