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”…

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…

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…

You can't fix stupid

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…

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,…

Opponents of Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico up to their old tricks – Scare the hell out of John Q. Public

On April 19, 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed all claims against the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico saying that none of the 13 points made in the petition for review were “persuasive” to the Court. Today is the last day for Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters to appeal that ruling. It appears they are taking…

Truksa Mexico

DC Appeals Court “Green Lights” Cross Border Pilot Program – Opponents respond with lies and misinformation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave opponents of Cross Border Trucking yet another devastating yet unsurprising loss in their efforts to prevent Mexican trucks from operating in the United States. Not all Mexican trucks of which there are thousands with legal authority to operate, but a select few enrolled in the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico. The Court ruled against theOwner…

OOIDA PRESS RELEASE – Serious flaws in CSA will delay improvements to highway safety

The Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) issued a press release this morning concerning comments it made to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, during a recent hearing reviewing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s enforcement and compliance program. OOIDA says that the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program has serious fundamental flaws that ignore safety as a true goal and because of its apparent bias against…

OOIDA quick to misrepresent the issues raised by OIG report on Cross Border Program.

OOIDA has done it again. They have spun a web of deceit and and wrong doing concerning the Cross Border progam with Mexico. Through OOIDA’s darkened glasses which are incapable of seeing the real world, Mr Spencer has out done himself with pushing the prejudiced agenda of the executive offices of OOIDA. Spencer has artfully taken the interim report from the U.S. Office of the…

U.S. – Canada – Mexico – Trucking by the numbers

We’re still waiting for the much ballyhooed invasion of the trucks and drivers from Mexico. You know, the ones we’ve been told are coming here to take all our freight and put us all in the welfare lines? Yet we never here anything about the Canadians causing the same catastrophe to our industry. We’re continually hearing about those dangerous, unsafe trucks from Mexico driven by…

Video – Unlike US CDL applicants, Mexican truckers are required to undergo rigorous training to obtain and renew Mexican CDL’s

Anybody recall this statement made by OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer about a year ago?  The U.S-Mexico agreement requires us to accept Mexican commercial driver licenses, but Mexico has no real system of driver licensing, training, drug testing, physical requirements, truck safety inspection or brake standards that match U.S. rules. That’s all been thoroughly debunked on this website and we’re taking it one step…

Exposing the lies and hypocrisy of OOIDA with regards to latest attack on a Mexican applicant to the Cross Border Program

I wrote yesterdayabout OOIDA and their President Jim Johnston’s rather idiotic protest against another Mexican carrier seeking entry into the Cross Border Pilot program, questioning that carriers “fitness” to participate. Today, we’re going to drill down a little deeper and look at that carrier a little closer to determine if OOIDA has a valid concern, or if, as has become obvious, the use of the…

Cross Border Trucking with Mexico – “It’s going to happen, There is no way to stop it”

During the scheduled meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in Alexandria Virginia yesterday, those were the words of  Carlos Sesma, an attorney representing Mexican trucking interests before the committee. And Sesma was correct. The MCSAC is a subcommittee of the FMCSA charged with overseeing the Mexican Cross Border Pilot Program. OOIDA Executive Vice-President Todd Spencer who is a member of the committee was making…

Opposition to cross border program less than expected, but just as nasty

Friday, the FMCSA RELEASED CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING PILOT DETAILS and the reaction was basically “so what’s new?” except amongst the usual suspects who object to anything concerning Mexico. OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer released his usual whining rant making baseless allegations they’ve never been able to document nor prove ATA President Bill Graves issued a statement in support of the proposal. James P. Hoffa, President…

USDOT releases details of Cross Border Trucking Plan and OOIDA’s Todd Spencer is “furious”

The US DOT and the Obama Administration this afternoon released it plan to finally bring the United States into compliance with it’s obligations and promises made in regards to allowing Mexican trucking companies equal access to the United States. The DOT said the proposed new program prioritizes safety, while satisfying the U.S. States’ international obligations. According to THE TRUCKER and other highly reliable industry sources,…

Presidents Obama & Calderon reach agreement on access for Mexican Trucks

In a joint presser today, President Obama and President Calderon jointly announced agreement on a renewed program allowing Mexican carriers access to the United States as agreed under the 1994 NAFTA agreement. [pullquote]”The deal to end the dispute “is built on the highest safety standards that will authorize both Mexican and U.S. long-haul carriers to engage in cross-border operations under Nafta,”[/pullquote] The plan  will allow…