It’s well known within the US trucking industry that if you get 10 truck drivers together, they won’t be able to agree on the time of day, much less do something about it.
Not so in Mexico where this morning more than 20,000 Mexican truck drivers took to the roads to protest against broken promises made to the by the Mexican government.
On May 1st of this year, Rafael Ortiz, head of the Mexican Alliance Carriers Organization (AMOTAC) had announce a Mayday protest that would involve more than 80,000 truckers from across Mexico. Their grievances included a protest against a bill that was going through the Mexican Congress that would ban trucks more than 20 years old from being in operation. It would also ban passenger buses more than 15 years old from being used in interstate commerce. While a small government backed credit is proposed to assist in purchasing newer replacement units, Ortiz said even with the certificate in hand, it does not guarantee credit approval as it is difficult to meet creditworthiness and income verification.
Another grievance they had concerned SCT NOM-012 which deals with weights and measures in Mexico. Specifically, the truckers are demanding an end to the double trailer rigs which are allowed to carry up to 180,000 pounds. They also demanded a stop to the harassment by Federal Police where a contempt citation is commonplace and is an offense which oftentimes lands the driver in prison.
Negotiations with the Mexican government prevented the Mayday strike, but the promises weren’t kept, so this morning at 0800, the truckers took to the highways and byways of Mexico to let the government know they meant business.
Once again, Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, national leader of the AMOTAC stated, “Our demands are still the same. We’re opposed to the “fulles” (double trailers) the unsubsidized fuel and the extortion by the Federal Police”
Highways effected included Mexico-Pachuca, Mexico-Queretaro, Mexico-Puebla and avenues Lopez Portillo, Gustavo Baz, Peripheral, Via Morelos, Ignacio Zaragoza, among others.
No word yet if the administration of Enrique Pena Nieta is going to meet with the truckers and do the right thing by them, but unlike our US truckers, the Mexicans showed solidarity in their cause to get their point across.
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