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Truckers must talk English [Laredo, Texas]
LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 08/26/2007 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV and VICENTE RANGEL

Posted on 08/26/2007 10:57:58 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch

A commercial truck driver from Monterrey who has crossed Laredos international bridges countless times was stunned earlier this month when he received a ticket from U.S. inspectors because he cant speak English."We were worried," said Samuel Tamez Treviño, owner of the truck that was driven by Rafael Segovia. "We consulted with attorneys. We were somewhat relieved when they told us it would be treated as a warning. But now what are we supposed to do?"

Tamez Treviño, whose transportation company is in Montemorelos, is concerned that his drivers may be unable or unwilling to learn English, considering that even a short, intense course to learn the basics can take five months.

Segovia, who was back home and unavailable for comment, was handed the citation on Aug. 2 at about 4:45 p.m. at the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge. He also was cited for having non-working brake lights and a leaky hydraulic hose, which are fairly routine violations.

Tamez Treviño said hes never heard of any law requiring that his drivers know English. Many company owners dont speak English, let alone their workers, many of whom dont even have a high school education.

The law requiring that Mexican truckers coming into the United States speak English has been on the books for years, but it has taken on renewed significance with the coming implementation of a new provision that will allow up to 100 Mexican carriers to go beyond the border zone. It also will allow up to 100 U.S. carriers to go deep into Mexico with their loads.

While many international trade supporters praise the move as long overdue and a natural outgrowth of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the plan has many critics, including labor leaders and some U.S. transportation companies who fear the Mexican trucks will be unsafe and create unnecessary risks on U.S. highways.

Nevertheless, a demonstration project is set to begin within a few weeks, allowing Mexican carriers that have passed the required safety audit to take their trucks onto U.S. roads.

Mexican truckers have their own complaints.

"Theyre already bothering us in the United States and it hasnt even started," said Luis Moreno Sesma, president of the Nuevo Laredo branch of Canacar, a national association of transportation company owners. "Its not fair to require English in the commercial (border) zone."

Federal transportation officials in Laredo declined to comment, but a spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in Washington said truck drivers who are working only in the border commercial zone may be found in violation of the law for not being able to communicate in English but wont be stopped from crossing.

Those truck drivers who are headed past the border commercial zone, however, will not be allowed to continue their trip if they cant speak English, the spokeswoman said.

"The Mexican drivers may receive citations," said the spokeswoman, who declined to give her name, "but that doesnt mean they have to stop working."

Asked why the Mexican drivers werent given notice about the plan to start enforcing the law, the spokeswoman said Mexican authorities have been fully aware of the plan for some time. The Ministry of Communications and Transportation was involved in creating the demonstration program thats set to start soon.

"Whether the Mexican government has or has not informed the drivers about this law, well, thats something we cant answer for them," she said.

For his part, Moreno Sesma said transportation company owners should form an alliance to seek help from Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández Flores.

The leader said he can see the need for drivers heading into the U.S. interior to know English, but insisted that regulation shouldnt apply to those who only drive in the border commercial zone.

(To reach Miguel Timoshenkov call 728-2583 or timo1@lmtonline.com. Laredo Morning Times staffer Norma Mendiola contributed to this report.)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; anglosphere; dot; english; englishonly; immigration; language; laredo; nafta; trade; transportation; truckers; trucking
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"The law requiring that Mexican truckers coming into the United States speak English has been on the books for years,..."
1 posted on 08/26/2007 10:57:59 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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"Whether the Mexican government has or has not informed the drivers about this law, well, thats something we cant answer for them," she said.

"The Mexican government lodged a protest, saying that the US broke the law first by enforcing the law" /s
2 posted on 08/26/2007 11:02:16 AM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: AnimalLover; rineaux; Roamin53; genxer; time4good; NoTaxTexas; RGVTx; notaliberal; 19th LA Inf; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


3 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:03 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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But who is going to catch the ones going from the border zone to the interior of the U.S. ??


4 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:14 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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Could be that when they are stopped for speeding or other infractions they will be able to converse with the LEO.

Not just “No hablo”


5 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:28 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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They better learn to change all 18 tires on their rigs as well......american truckers , independet or union idiots won’t put up with this crap.


6 posted on 08/26/2007 11:05:06 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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When is this actually going to start full force? I am going to have to stock up on Popcorn!!!


7 posted on 08/26/2007 11:06:18 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: SwinneySwitch

I have a message for Mr. Trevino: We in Texas expect all Spanish-speaking only kids to come here and learn the language [be able to read, listen to, write, and speak it] within 3 years. Surely your adult drivers can handle it well enough after one year. Sign ‘em up for English courses.


8 posted on 08/26/2007 11:06:26 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Go, FRed, go!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

hey! wake up.

on socal freeways an auto can be doing 90 in the 65 mph,

and who does the chp stop?

not the auto, but the semis.

the chp rides herd on trucks, so stop your bitching.


9 posted on 08/26/2007 11:06:57 AM PDT by ken21
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To: acoulterfan

Texas has a second line of interior checkpoints.


10 posted on 08/26/2007 11:07:19 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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11 posted on 08/26/2007 11:09:48 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (sing after me......de-por-ta-tion cha-cha-cha)
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To: acoulterfan

Dunno.......not a trucker. But I did stay at a holiday inn once.


12 posted on 08/26/2007 11:10:34 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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It also will allow up to 100 U.S. carriers to go deep into Mexico with their loads.

So will these drivers be required to habla Espanol?

13 posted on 08/26/2007 11:10:51 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Scratch a liberal, find a dhimmi)
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To: ken21

not the auto, but the semis.

You are so right, no CHP (CA) Officer would want’t stop a car for speeding because they are simply putting their lives at stake. You can’t go 1 mile on the freeway without seeing several Mexican License plates! Our two left lanes you stay out of UNLESS you are going 90!


14 posted on 08/26/2007 11:11:00 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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“Truckers must talk English [Laredo, Texas]”

IF enforced...
another Triumph of The Anglosphere.

Just as English replaced French as the common language for international
airports after WWII.
(despite pre-WWII plans to make French the common aviation language)


15 posted on 08/26/2007 11:12:29 AM PDT by VOA
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x


16 posted on 08/26/2007 11:12:35 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: SwinneySwitch

Truck drivers would need to speak English
By CHRIS BLANK
Associated Press Writer

Commercial truck drivers would be required to communicate in English and take their certification tests without the help of translators under a measure gaining first-round approval in the House on Wednesday.

Commercial drivers also would need to show they can read highway signs, fill out forms and respond to official inquiries, such as about what they are hauling.

Sponsor Rep. Neal St. Onge said it becomes a safety issue when a truck driver cannot read road signs and written information about construction and traffic conditions.

“Commercial drivers are driving down the road in an 80,000-pound rocket full of gasoline,” said St. Onge, R-Ellisville.

But critics said there is no evidence to suggest that drivers who cannot speak English are less safe than those who can.

Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, said the requirement would open the door to discrimination by license testers who could deny licenses by claiming an applicant is not fluent enough in English.

Currently, people can take the written commercial license test in English or Spanish by computer. During the driving part of the test, evaluators can gesture to explain instructions.

The House already has endorsed measures to require English be spoken in official proceedings, bar illegal immigrants from state colleges and universities and require police to ask about the immigration and citizenship status of anyone they arrest.

Rep. Tim Flook said that unlike other “symbolic” measures, the driver’s license restrictions are “something that actually protects people.”

Flook, R-Liberty, has opposed much of the previous legislation.

The bill was endorsed by voice vote, but both Republicans and Democrats said during floor debate they supported the driving restrictions.

Rep. Tim Meadows, a former truck driver, said the licensing of drivers is an important safety check. He said communication and language skills are important.

“These things aren’t toys. And if you’re on the road with one of these things and you get hit or your family gets hit, then (there is) the possibility of not being able to communicate with one of the drivers of one of these things when you need to,” said Meadows, D-Imperial.

The bill requires another vote before moving to the Senate.

http://newstribune.com/articles/2007/03/29/news_state/277state32truckers.txt

Commercial license bill is HB245
http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=216333
On the Net:

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov


17 posted on 08/26/2007 11:13:56 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: SwinneySwitch
Seems fair to me. Airline pilots have to speak English. Why not truck drivers? :-)

(Not equating flying a plane with driving a truck.)

18 posted on 08/26/2007 11:14:18 AM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Last time I turned on a CB radio, 90% of the chatter was Spanish.


19 posted on 08/26/2007 11:14:46 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Squantos
I'll see your x and raise you one.


20 posted on 08/26/2007 11:14:57 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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