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OOIDA Asks for Supreme Court Review of Mexican Trucking Program

November 04, 2013

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The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a recent lower court decision upholding the federal government’s long-haul, cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

It argues the decision allowing the program is in violation of U.S. Transportation Department regulations requiring valid U.S. commercial driver’s licenses for anyone driving trucks in the country.

The current program, started in 2011, treats a Mexican commercial driver’s license as equivalent to one issued in the U.S. and requires all Mexican trucking operations to follow the same rules as their  U.S. counterparts when they are north of the border.

Currently 13 Mexican fleets have been granted authority to run in the current program. Three are waiting to receive their authority and another 17 have had their applications dismissed or they have been withdrawn.

Earlier this year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by OOIDA and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal. 

Both groups have been fighting the border opening since it was included in the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by the U.S., Mexico and Canada in 1994.

The request to the U.S. Supreme Court was filed solely by OOIDA and asks for a response by late this month.

Comments

  1. 1. Porter M. Corn [ November 04, 2013 @ 09:12AM ]

    In the event SCOTUS accepts the writ, which is unlikely as out of the thousands they receive every term, the only accept about 100 for review, and in the even more likely event that OOIDA should prevail, then this would also effect Canadian drivers also. Guess Jim Johnston though his myopic bigotry against the Mexicans didn't think of that did he?

  2. 2. John [ November 06, 2013 @ 09:03PM ]

    Porter M. Corn, the
    Canadian drivers are driving under the same rules as the U.S. drivers do. And for the same basic pay. The biggest problems with the mexicrap drivers is they are driving trucks that don't meet emission standards, they have added extra capacity fuel tanks ( they don't buy ANY fuel in the US), They have multiple drivers in the same truck, sometimes just using 1 license, and the biggest one of all is they haul extremely cheap.
    The Canadian trucks must meet current emissions, run legal logs, have medical certificates, are subject to DOT inspections/shutdowns. I'd much rather have 100 Canadian trucks coming into the US daily, than have 1 mexican truck EVER cross into the US!

  3. 3. Porter M. Corn [ November 09, 2013 @ 08:13PM ]

    It amazes me that people still believe the same debunkedt OOIDA BS that John writes here in his uninformed comments.

    Mexican are held to the same standards, follow the same rules as US and Canadian drivers without exception.

    All of their trucks operating in the US comply with EPA standards applicable at date of manufacture.

    if they do have extra fuel capacity, it is so they can fill up in the United States where diesel fuel is cheaper than it is in Mexico.

    Multiple drivers on one license? Dream on bucks!

 

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