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…

Cross Border Proposal could be signed as soon as this week!

Speaking to a group of trucking, logistics and technology industry executives at SMC3’s annual summer conference last Thursday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro said that new cross-border trucking program with Mexico could be in place within two months although she added she doesn’t expect a wave of Mexican trucks heading for the U.S. border. The FMCSA and it’s…

Bi-partisian gang of lawmakers to “DEMAND” end to Mexican cross border proposal

It never ends. Citing bogus concerns over safety, security and cost, a bipartisan gang Congressmen, bought and paid for with Teamster funds is demanding that the federal Department of Transportation cancel plans to re-introduce a cross-border trucking program with Mexico. Taking the lead with a letter on 4/4/2011, Rep. Duncan Hunter (D-CA) along with Rep. Daniel Lipinski, (D-Ill), Rep. Rep. Bob Filner, (D-Ca) and 19 other Democrats…

Comment Spammers hit FMCSA comment section on proposed Cross Border Pilot Program

Anybody been following the comments, or lack of comments over at FMCSA concerning the proposed cross border pilot program with Mexico, that would finally allow the United States to come into compliance with our obligations under NAFTA? For two weeks, comments languished at 50, including supporting documents posted on the site. Today, that jumped to 118. Not surprising in and of itself, except for one…

EOBR’s and Mexican Trucks

One of the requirements in the Concept Document for the new Mexican truck program released that is causing a stir and that quite frankly, I vehemently disagree with is the requirement that all Mexican trucks be equipped with Electronic Onboard Recorders or EOBR’s, which in the US is a contentious issue in it’s own right. Part of the controversy is the idea that FMCSA would…

Election 2010 & the Mexican Truck Issue

The 2010 midterm elections came out about as expected, with the Repubs taking the House of Representatives and the Democrats retaining control of the Senate, guaranteeing two more years of gridlock and squabbling. How does this election bode for the United States finally complying with their obligations to allow Mexican trucks access to the US under the NAFTA provisions? Better now than before when Democrats…

Nativism & Mexenophobia taking over Trucking Radio

One of the most vile, racist and unconstitutional laws was passed and signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer in the form of SB-1070, a law that has spawned a firestorm of protest. It’s a law that usurps federal authority for immigration enforcement and puts it in the hands of local and state authorities. The fear is, it will lead to racial profiling as it is…

Mary Peters and others visit border inspection station

After all the hoopla and accompanying scorn and rhetoric by those in Congress paid to oppose the Mexican Demonstration Project, members of a group led by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters visited a commercial vehicle-inspection station in El Paso to observe safety inspections required of all Mexican trucks entering the United States under the program, said Brian Turmail, a Transportation Department spokes man.