Debunking the myths of Mexican Trucks and Truckers

Since the announcement last week that finally, steps were being taken to open the borders to Mexican trucks, the overnight talk shows have been full of “expert opinions” on the subject.

One that continues to irk me is that “There are no databases in Mexico”, patently false opinion ventured and spread by Todd Spencer of OOIDA and picked up by talk show host like Steve Sommers and Bubba Bo of America’s Trucking Network, and of course, Rollye James, chimes in at times.

The FMCSA, AAMVA, and Mexico’s General Directorship of Federal Motor Carrier Transportation (DGAF) established access to Mexican commercial driver records for CDLIS. Mexican Access is a combination of a bridge to Mexican commercial driver’s license records and a file of convictions on Mexican commercial drivers. The CDLIS transactions supported by Mexican access are the Driver Status Request, Driver History Request, Report Out-of-State Conviction, Negate Out-of-State Conviction, Report Out-of-State Withdrawal, and Negate Out-of-State Withdrawal. FMCSA is responsible for managing the Mexican Access within the U.S.The Mexican Licencia Federal Information System (LIFIS) includes direct electronic connection among Mexico’s field licensing offices and the headquarters office, central issuance of a more secure and tamper-proof Licencia Federal de Conductor (LFC) document, and real time data entry and information retrieval. The Mexican Access bridge serves as a portal between the CDLIS and LIFIS applications, mainly by reformatting queries and responses between the two systems, and by simultaneously providing language and equivalency translations. From the CDLIS point of view, the bridge provides access to commercial driver’s license records in Mexico at the Mexican jurisdictions via LIFIS.

Not all conviction records are available directly from Mexico, so a file at the bridge stores U.S. applied convictions. A response to an inquiry may contain a combination of Mexican data and data from the conviction file.

What then, would you call this? And how is this possible that the United States finds itself already connected to the Mexican system? Myth #1!

As further proof of this, consider the fact that in most of the 31 states of the Republic of Mexico, registration renewal, business taxes, employee taxes can be paid online. That takes a database also. And what of the bar codes on practically all documents in Mexico, from vehicle registrations to drivers licenses, to utility bills? registrationtamaulipas.jpg

It kind of makes one wonder doesn’t it, about the so called “Mexico Experts”.

Remember this people. Just because you have been to Mexico on a border shuttle to visit the whore houses and zonas de tolerancia, you are by no means an expert on the country nor the people, nor the customs nor the society. Perhaps you’ve seen traffic laws being violated and because of this, you make the assumption that is the way all Mexican motorists drive. You are wrong and your opinions are just that, “YOUR OPINIONS” with no validation.

Simply because you can recount some antecdotal incident from the past, does not mean the situation exists today, nor does it make you an expert with the right to portray yourself as such.

This post is part of the thread: Mexico Cross Border Pilot Program – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.