Roads to common ground

| July 15, 2009

With 22 trucks continuing to operate in the demonstration project, McKellar says his company has had “zero serious problems. We’ve not had an incident that has made me leave my desk and go someplace. We had a fender bender not long ago, and that was it.”

Though heavy international carrier involvement in the CTPAT program and the attendant proliferation of its heavy security requirements has cut incidents of cargo theft in border areas, most carriers and U.S. drivers still look at the potential of operating in Mexico warily. Dart Transit’s Texas short-haul manager Kevin Smith says he’s shy of sending a driver into a land where Napoleonic law – in essence, you’re guilty until proven innocent – is the rule of the day. “I rented a car and took it into Mexico one day,” Smith says. The rental agency didn’t mince words. “They told me, ‘If you have an accident, your best bet is to walk away from the car as quickly as you can and get across the border.’ There’s a big hesitancy to put our driver into that situation.”

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