Pilot program expands, some Mexican carriers issued out-of-service orders

| July 24, 2013

mexicoUntitled-1-300x172The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s cross-border trucking pilot program is about to get a 13th participant, as Sergio Tristan Maldonado, DBA Tristan Transfer, is being admitted to the program after concerns had been raised over the carrier’s safety audit.

All applicants must pass a Pre-Authorization Safety Audit, among other criteria, to participate in the program. The agency responded July 22 to concerns raised by the Advocated for Highway and Auto Safety over the applicant, saying the group had not shown sufficient problems with the group’s PASA to pose a safety risk.

Moreover, some already participating carriers have had trucks placed out of service recently: GCC Transportes, Transportes Monteblanco and Baja Express each have had one truck placed out of service. Also, two drivers for Servicios Transportes Internacional y Local.

Also, two carriers — Adriana de Leon Amaro and Transportes Mor — recently became the first carriers to fail the PASA. FMCSA has dismissed 14 applications in the course of the nearly two-year program, and three other carrier applicants withdrew their applications.

Decisions are currently pending for two other applicants — Road Machinery and Transportation and Cargo Solutions DBA Trasco.

A D.C. court is currently considering to rehear a case made by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters Union, even though it ruled April 19 in FMCSA’s favor to allow the program to continue.

In a separate case, OOIDA argued May 6 against the program and its relation to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. OOIDA says that the Mexican drivers participating in the program are not required to adhere to the standards of the registry rule, but U.S. drivers are.

Since the program began nearly two years ago, participants have made 4,820 border crossings. GCC Transportes had the most with 2,962 crossings, followed by Servios De Transportes Internacional Y Local with 349.

Program participants have undergone 1,605 inspections. GCC Transportes received with 813, while Servios De Transporte Internacional Y Local underwent 349 inspections.

  • martymarsh

    It would have been nice to know why the carriers were placed out of service.
    As far as the teamsters, they couldn’t care less about any individual, they are just trying to keep the money rolling in.
    They have become nothing more than big business.

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

    I can answer that question for you Marty…..

    GCC Transport had two units placed out of service. One for a flat tire and the other for the same. One of the rigs placed OOS was again put out of service two days later for for an inoperative lamp. It doesn’t indicate if the trucks were part of the Pilot Program since GCC has a large cross border drayage operation also. GCC’s OOS rate is 14.22%. US National Average is 22%……

    Transportes Monteblanco….. One truck put OOS for
    396.3(a)(1) Inspection/repair and maintenance parts and accessories, whatever the hell that is.Their overall OOS rate is 12% in the program, 5% for their drayage trucks.

    Baja Express……One truck put out of service for
    393.11 No/defective lighting devices/reflective devices/projected….. That means they had a light out or one of those funky little white reflective thingys on the back of the cab was missing…. They’ve got a 22.2% OOS rate within the program, yet their SMS scores are excellent… Strange….

    Servicios Transportes Internacional y Local…. Two drivers, both apparently not part of the pilot program put OOS for not having a proper endorsement/violation of license restriction and the other probably the English issue…..This company has a 0% OOS on the trucks and 0.57% OOS for a driver……

    I also predict both suits will be dismissed by the DC Circuit as they are both baseless and frivolous. The issue concerning the medical examiners is a non-issue as that applies to US drivers only. Mexico’s medical clearance is part of it’s CDL issuing process and has long been a part of the CDL down there. We’re just now playing catch up

  • rich

    I live in Texas, and those Mexican s are taking money out of my pocket, and I get to pay for their EOBR’s . Thanks .

  • martymarsh

    I must say you did an excellent job of answering that, and I know we have had our differences in the past, but there is something you are not telling me, like who you are. That is just to much information for your every day truck driver.
    Now we both know that what you mentioned is trivial, now to put 2+2 together, all you have to look at, are teamsters and government unions. Gee I wonder what the government would think about the people that work for them trying to derail their program.
    But anyway thanks for the answers.

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

    Martymarsh…. It’s all on my website. I’ve got 38 years in the trucking business, over 3,000,000 accident free miles and I’m the same as you or anybody else in this business. I simply choose to look at the facts of an issue instead of letting prejudices override common sense, which is what opponents of this program use to oppose it.

    But thanks for your reply Marty

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

    How are they taking money out of your pocket hauling their contract loads to and from their customers in Mexico?

    How many loads can you haul at one time?

    Don’t blame the Mexicans on the EOBR’s. Blame the idiots at OOIDA, Teamsters and the bogus safety groups that insisted on the EOBR’s in an attempt to derail the program.

    Might interest you to know that 85% of the Mexican fleets already had Qualcomm’s in their rigs before that requirement was made.

  • martymarsh

    I don’t know why but I couldn’t find your website, I found everything else but.
    I have given you my concerns in the past and it certainly had nothing to do with being prejudice.
    All I can say is you have your work cut out for you, good luck and God Bless.

  • martymarsh

    The part I agree with is, OOIDA, the teamsters and the bogus safety groups, 100 percent. They are taking America for a ride as they have their hands in your pocket.

  • YeOldeDave

    And exactly how are the Teamsters or OOIDA picking your pocket. I’m a life member of OOIDA (never had a gun to my head forcing me to join) and they’re trying to ensure that my competition doesn’t run me out with their mud-hut wage foreigners, lower costs affecting them and different standards applying to them than to the US carriers. I always thought that trucking was the 1 industry that couldn’t be “off-shored” but the DC pols and their “contributors” are hell bent on bringing the off-shoring of the trucking industry here, to destroy it and give work to foreigners. 43 years in this biz and thank God I’m gonna pull the plug reasonably soon. It’s a sad day when your biggest problem making a living becomes your own gov’t. working in opposition to your ability to make a safe, legal living.

  • martymarsh

    The answer is simple, you paid to be a member of OOIDA, and things are getting worse by the minute, the teamsters obviously don’t want to lose anymore work so they jump on the band wagon. But the teamsters would be glad to organize the Mexicans or the Russians just as long as there is money coming in.
    The rest of your statement I agree with 100%.

  • No Reform

    10-4 to Mudhut Foreigners…so many places I go..whether its a truck stop or in line at a shipper…they are all speaking some FOREIGN tongue!

  • No Reform

    Dont forget the Towel Heads…there must be a Million of them driving trucks.

  • martymarsh

    With out a doubt.

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