FMCSA unveils cross-border trucking plan

Jill Dunn | April 09, 2011

OOIDA spokesman Todd Spencer noted that despite the tariffs, 2010 truck-based trade with Mexico increased by 27.6 percent over 2009 and the bulk of the hike was from U.S. goods going to Mexico. “Succumbing to Mexico’s bullying provides a handy attack plan for them and other governments in future trade disputes,” Spencer said.  

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the proposal, which it said requires Mexican carriers to comply with U.S. standards and provides sufficient oversight to enforce these rules.

Mexican carrier participants would have to complete three stages before the FMCSA issues permanent operating authority. Provisional or permanent operating authority may be suspended or revoked during the pilot program if the carrier violates pilot program rules or has a substandard safety performance.

The agency can also revoke or suspend operating authority during the program if the carrier transported passengers or placardable hazmat or is operating beyond the scope of its authority.

Mexican participants are eligible to convert their permanent authority granted during the program to standard permanent authority, similar to U.S.-domiciled carriers, upon the completion of the program. FMCSA intends this to be an administrative process conducted at the program’s end.

The notice is available at:

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