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 further with this video showing a driver training, continuing education facility in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes.

Mexican law requires a minimum training regimen be accomplished before an applicant is issue a Licencia Federal de Conductor.

For example, for an

  • “A” License for Passengers and Tourist transport, 120 hours of training is required.
  • “B” License for Cargo, 155 hours of training plus 58 hours advanced training. Also, separate training is required for those desiring a haz mat endorsement on their Federal Licenses.

Training is a combination of classroom, simulator, contained environment and road courses. Thorough pre-trip inspection techniques are also taught.

All conducted in what the opponents of Mexican trucking consider “dangerous, unsafe, junk trucks.  Take a look at the video.