Cross-border program with Mexican truckers could start soon

A controversial pilot program from the Department of Transportation could start this Saturday.

Under the new program, trucks from Mexico would have greater access to American highways in order to expand trade.

Right now, truckers from Mexico have to stop at border stations before crossing into the United States. The new program would give 100 selected Mexican carriers unrestricted access.

If the program does start this Saturday, it will not be without a fight. MySanAntonio.com reports that The Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and Public Citizen want to delay granting the trucks access.

Landline Magazine also features a report on the possible start of the program this Saturday.

One of the main objections to the border program are claims that Mexican trucks do not have the same safety checks and regulations that American trucks have to comply with.

The blog Mexico Trucker – La Verdad sin Fronteras offers a view from the southern side of the border and some opinions on the issue.

According to Mexico Trucker.com…

Mexican buses have had access to American highways for more than 5 years and enjoy an unblemished safety record.

Mexico Trucker also offers an entry with Mexican truck safety statistics .

No matter what happens this Saturday, this issue will be a hotter than asphalt in August for a long time to come.


3 thoughts on “Cross-border program with Mexican truckers could start soon

  1. WASHINGTON ā€“ A federal appellate court on Friday refused to temporarily block an administration plan to allow Mexican trucks to roam freely throughout the United States beginning next week. The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means nothing stands in the way of plans to begin a controversial pilot program ā€“ possibly as early as Thursday ā€“ to test the safety of Mexican trucks on U.S. highways. The Teamsters union and several other groups opposed to the border opening filed suit Wednesday to block the program, which the groups claim does not fully comply with congressional requirements. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco disagreed. In a brief order released shortly before the court closed for the Labor Day weekend, a three-judge panel said the request for an emergency motion was denied. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said earlier this week it expects to open the border to long haul Mexican truck traffic as soon as Thursday.

  2. As the owner of Mexicotrucker.com, I appreciate the kind words.Mexicotrucker.com came into existence as an alternative to all the spin and hysteria being put out by the opponents of the Mexican Pilot Program. And while I’m sure we’ve ruffled a few feathers along the way, we hold true to one unique concept, Publishing the truth without the spin.As an American trucker who has lived in Mexico for over 15 years and spent my entire life in the trucking industry, I feel I am uniquely qualified to offer these opinions.Again, thanks for the kind words.

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