Low participation plaguing cross-border trucking program with Mexico

| May 12, 2014

mexicoUntitled-1Five months remain in the pilot cross-border trucking program with Mexico, which has continued to report few safety violations but low participation: Just 13 carriers have authority, compared to the nearly 50 FMCSA said it would need.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s program, through its third year, has the same number of participating carriers as the end of its second year (13). It finished its first year with nine participants. 

The agency is now pending decision on two additional carriers.

A total of 17 companies have cleared the FMCSA’s Pre-Authority Screening Audits, conducted on applicants to verify program compliance. The agency also has dismissed a total of 15 applicants and five others have withdrawn applications since the program began.

Since the program began, few violations of operating authority and hours-of-service regulations have been reported.

FMCSA had estimated at least 46 carriers would be needed to participate to reach a target of 4,100 inspections and provide a statistically valid analysis of participants’ safety performance.

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By May 4, agency officials had totaled 4,848 inspections, of which 4,023 had been conducted on the two carriers accumulating the highest number of border crossings. Servicio de Transportes y Local received 2,755 inspections and made 11,507 crossings. while GCC Transportes underwent 1,268 and chalked up 4,865 crossings.

Earlier this year, a congressional report noted having only two companies generating the majority of inspection data could shed doubt on whether it is a representative sample.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General also has said low participation could result in a data sample inadequate to assess Mexican carriers’ impact on safety. 

The inspector’s interim report was based on July 2012 program data. At that time, the program had four carrier participants and had received 30 applications from other carriers. The auditors stated it was unclear if increased participation would be sufficient to provide an appropriate sample, the report stated.

  • Dave Nichols

    hey you don’t have open entry there as we do. I think their system is like our was in the 1970′s big bucks to get in and no way to compete

  • http://mexicotrucker.com/ Porter M. Corn

    Not quite Dave… The whole prohibition against Mexican carriers has never had anything to do with safety, their ability to comply with our rules and regs are anything else. That was all baseless and manufactured excuses by the Teamsters and their allies. It has to do with equal access in 1982 when Reagan signed the order prohibiting foreign carriers from operating in the US.
    The US and Canada quickly came to an agreement, however, Mexico still prohibited our trucks from coming into Mexico so that part of the prohibition stood.

  • jan johnson

    LOL and they think they are that stupid! I believe the Mexicans say vasa me gollo. They say down south and they get to go home with there paycheck. And our government can go stick there noise in someone else’s ass!

  • yeeeeah right

    LOL that didn’t make sense, jan. And “I believe the Mexicans sa vasa me gollo.” ha! that sounds dutch, not Spanish. pfff…ignorant baffoon.

  • guest

    Low participation? No kidding? Who in there right mind would drive truck in this country with all this gestapo/Hitler Monitoring going on?? Why bother? It is ABSURD. It is getting WORSE too with each passing day…an NEW RULE to ABIDE by is installed. This is the new High Tech Trucking. Everything and everybody will be MONITORED, OBSERVED, FILMED, and then PUNISHED for NON COMPLIANCE. Way too stressful for anybody to rationally consider.

  • guest

    Cops act like our trucks just rolled out of San Quentin with an inmate at the wheel…that needs to be MONITORED 24/7 because he might try some “funny Business”??? Careful there is a TRUCKER!!!! He is to be considered a Threat to Humanity…until proven otherwise!!! I bet Canadians hate coming here too……rediculous.

  • TruthRider

    I believe the correct verbage would be “chuparme la polla.” Use Google for translation…

  • jan johnson

    Here it means kiss my ass you no speaky spanol. Mf most of the Mexicans how do drive out of Mexico don’t want to come here. They hate it here if you spent time on de boarder you would find that is a fact. They like the 25 mile drop and go back home. It’s you pro industruial ass holes how try to get work done for free.

  • jan johnson

    And the Mexicans they don’t like being considered cheap labor!

  • Stormy

    And we have spent how many millions in tax dollars to find this out?

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