Mexican Truckers On U.S. Roads Questioned October 22nd, 2007
Federal agencies and teamsters are butting heads on whether Mexican trucks should be allowed be travel within the United States, despite approval from the White House.
The Dept. of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has questioned the safety of Mexican truckers and has ordered the truck to meet standards (as required by law) before operating on U.S. roadways.
The report was ignored, however, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted permission for trucks from Transportes Olympic of Apodaco, Mexico to begin operating in the U.S. in September.
The Inspector General’s report came on the heels of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ challenge to the President’s pilot program.
“We know we’ve won this case in the court of public opinion, and we expect to win it in the court of law,” said Teamster President Jim Hoffa. “No one wants to share the highway with trucks from Mexico that aren’t close to meeting our safety or environmental standards.”The Inspector General’s report notes the following violations:
The Teamsters have said they will fight the move, with legal briefs due in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Nov. 19. The Bush administration's briefs are due Dec. 17.
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