FMCSA Accepts Mexican Truck-Inspection Standard

March 16, 2016

By David Cullen

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Photo: Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes de México
Photo: Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes de México

Effective March 16, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting the Mexican government standard for annual commercial vehicle inspections of Mexico-domiciled motor carriers that operate in the United States.

In a notice posted in the Federal Register, FMCSA said it has determined that the specific Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM), which translates to “Official Mexican Standard," for the periodic inspection of commercial motor vehicles-- NOM-068-SCT-2-2014 (NOM 68)-- should be added to the list of programs that are “comparable to, or as effective as, the Federal PI requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.”

The upshot of accepting NOM 68 means that Mexico-domiciled motor carriers operating in the U.S. “must ensure that their CMVs are inspected annually as required by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT)” of Mexico.

Mexican carriers must retain a copy of the NOM 68 inspection report and a sticker/decal must be affixed to the inspected vehicle to satisfy U.S. annual inspection requirements.

The agency noted that these Mexican carriers “will no longer have the option of relying on their employees to conduct inspections of the CMVs the carrier controls, using commercial garages for such inspections, or passing a roadside inspection based on criteria published by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance” to comply.

“FMCSA has reviewed Mexico's pass-fail criteria for the specific vehicle components and systems examined as during the mandatory vehicle inspection and determined that Mexico's inspection program is comparable to, or as effective as, FMCSA's requirements,” the agency said.

While the agency “acknowledged” that Mexico's compliance date for certain vehicle safety systems and components, such as antilock braking systems, differs from U.S. requirements, it stated that it “does not believe the differences in the compliance dates for such systems is a sufficient basis for considering Mexico's annual inspection standards to be substantively different.”

FMCSA also pointed out that Mexico's mandatory annual inspection requirements cover most of the types of CMVs subject to FMCSA's periodic inspection regulations, including “property-carrying vehicles with a gross weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.

“Therefore,” the agency added, “both the inspection criteria for the vehicle components and safety systems, and the types of vehicles required to be inspected are comparable to FMCSA's requirements.”


  1. 1. John [ March 17, 2016 @ 06:52AM ]

    Does anyone understand, how does this effect roadside inspections? Are Mexican based operators held to the same standards as those based in the USA?

    Also, by not requiring the same standard of equipment "for certain vehicle safety systems and components", does this put USA based carriers at a disadvantage in that operating costs are higher due to the requirement of more expensive equipment?

    How about licensing requirements? Are the drivers required to be able to read English? Are they subject to all of the regulations and penalties of a CDL licensed driver based in the USA?

    Honestly, being employed at a large truck dealership and working directly with fleets in my area, I don't know these answers, however, I do feel that this has the potential to directly impact this industry. Do I have any need for concern?

  2. 2. Bill [ March 17, 2016 @ 08:47AM ]

    Perfect, lets outsource trucking too!!!

  3. 3. cliff [ March 17, 2016 @ 11:47AM ]

    can not believe this, and they want to know why the American people in general are all mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4. SLM [ March 17, 2016 @ 12:02PM ]

    Half the drivers on Florida roads do not speak English currently and it supposed to be a rule that they do. Wait until the first publicized crash happens where a Mexican motor carrier kills someone and the inspection after the crash find deficiencies in the truck/trailer.

  5. 5. No Hillary [ March 17, 2016 @ 01:07PM ]

    Unbelievable!! Just when you think you heard it all....the FMCSA goes and does something more corrupt than ever before. Now we have double standards in trucking. It's just amazing to me how liberal of a country we have become to even think of allowing this nonsense. They will do anything to let foreign work in this country to tank rates even lower than the buck a mile crap we are still working for today....and we wonder why we haven't had rate hikes in 25 plus years. The FMCSA is just asking for lawsuits when these Mexican trucks start causing wrecks and the root cause is found in faulty CMV's and drivers that can't speak or read English. We have now sunk to a new low....and just wait if Hillary gets in!

  6. 6. niko [ March 17, 2016 @ 01:23PM ]

    Welcome to the globalization
    Quit crying and get to work
    Yall always want the advantages

  7. 7. Billy Agliano [ March 17, 2016 @ 01:25PM ]

    I've come across a few Mexican drivers,and they are not safe! They have no re-guard for other motorists! they are careless and in my opinion dangerous! They should not even be aloud to come across the border!

  8. 8. Night Train [ March 17, 2016 @ 01:52PM ]

    This is why people want Trump. We are always bending over for everybody. Time to take care of Americans first!! No I'm not racist, I am American of mexican decent.


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