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Nov 28, 2016

BORDER TROUBLES * USA / Mexico: NAFTA trucking pilot

* DC - Feds: Trucking pilot fulfills NAFTA, sanctions lifted on Mexican carriers leasing CMVs to U.S. companies

--- The OIG criticized the program on a number of points, including the fact that some carriers made few trips outside of the designated commercial zone, thus defeating the purpose of the program, that FMCSA counted inspections of non pilot program drivers operating pilot trucks in the commercial zone as well as that 90 percent of border crossings and 80 percent of the inspections were attributed to only two carriers... Although the wheels continuously threatened to fall off the federal government’s three-year cross-border Mexico pilot trucking program, the plan was deemed to finally fulfill NAFTA requirements. In light of that, sanctions against Mexico-domiciled motor carriers leasing CMVs to U.S. carriers to transport freight into the U.S. have been lifted, according to a notice in today’s Federal Register... Throughout its run, the program was criticized by DOT’s Office of Inspector General and challenged in court by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the Teamsters and so-called safety groups, but continued to roll on... OOIDA criticized the safety of Mexican carriers and didn’t want American jobs given to Mexican truck drivers who might work for lower pay... 
(The Trucker file photo - The OIG criticized the program on a number of points, including the fact that some carriers made few trips outside of the designated commercial zone, thus defeating the purpose of the program, that FMCSA counted inspections of non pilot program drivers operating pilot trucks in the commercial zone as well as that 90 percent of border crossings and 80 percent of the inspections were attributed to only two carriers) -- Washington, DC, USA - The Trucker - November 22, 2016

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