The cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico needs procedural and monitoring improvement and lacks sufficient data and participation to draw safety conclusions, say DOT auditors.
The public has until May 21 to comment on three Mexican carriers applying for authority through the cross-border trucking pilot program.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has responded to questions about Baja Express' application for authority.
DOT officials said more Mexican trucker involvement is needed to show trucks can operate safely.
Among its responses, FMCSA argued OOIDA had not shown evidence its members will experience a loss of business.
FMCSA has granted operating authority to a second Mexican carrier.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration anticipates granting provisional authority to the first Mexican carrier in October.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published information on Pre-Authorization Safety Audits for Mexican carriers.
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