The United States Supreme Court has refused, without comment, to hear the petition filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in their continuing effort to shut down cross border trucking with Mexico.
OOIDA had petitioned the court for review of the decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals that rejected all of the arguments put before it by the association and the Teamsters. In that decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the petition by OOIDA and the Teamsters to declare the program illegal. The groups had contended that the program’s licensing, medical and drug test requirements were invalid and illegal.
The whole case was so bogus and irrelevant that on November 27, 2013, FMCSA, the defendant, files Waiver of Right of Respondents to respond to OOIDA’s allegations.
In October 2013, OOIDA filed a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court asking for a review of the validity of using Mexican CDL’s in the United States. This despite the fact that a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Mexico has existed for 20 years and that Congress has acknowledged that the Mexican commercial license is equivalent to the US CDL.
Not content to leave well enough alone, on December 19, 2013, OOIDA filed a Motion to defer consideration of the petition for a Writ of Certiorari. The purpose of this was to include their objections that the medical criteria for Mexican drivers was not equivalent to US drivers. This of course is utter hogwash as Mexican commercial license holders are required to obtain a medical certification from government licensed doctors, something just now happening in the United States.
The United States Supreme Court denied both of these efforts.
So for now, the issue should be dead, but don’t discount one man’s insane bigotry.
OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer, quoted in Truckinginfo.com said the program’s medical qualifications of drivers, should get Supreme Court review in the future.
Spencer said he wishes the court had agreed to review the matter, but in any event OOIDA will continue to challenge the program.
It seems to me both Spencer and President Jim Johnston are masochists inasmuch as they’ve been bitch slapped by every court they gone to in their misguided efforts to put an end to this legitimate and successful program.
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.