Skip to comments.Mexican Trucks Are on Our Roads
Posted on 11/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PST by Kaslin
After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on Oct. 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its industrial equipment. This was implemented by an agreement quietly signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Mexico City on July 6 with Mexico's secretary of Communications and Transportation.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., calls this deal a major anti-jobs program saying, "We're literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico." Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Independent Drivers Association, a non-union trade association, said 100,000 trucking jobs will be lost.
The Mexican company that won the distinction of being first-in-line to cross the border was Transportes Olympic. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration immediately granted it "permanent operating authority," instead of making the company abide by the specified 18-month waiting period, which means Transportes' trucks will not have to be inspected at the border every time they cross.
FMCSA announced that all Mexican trucks participating in this project will be given Electronic On-Board Recorders equipped with global positioning capabilities and paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. FMCSA also announced that U.S. trucks must install similar equipment at their own expense.
U.S. taxpayers are also being required to pick up the cost of replacing old mufflers on dozens of Mexican trucks at a cost of $1,600 each, while U.S. truckers must buy their own mufflers. The excuse is that this will improve air quality on our highways.
But EOBRs and mufflers are only part of the expensive regulations hitting U.S. truckers. Obama has imposed new fuel-efficiency regulations, new emissions targets and new safety regulations.
The large trucking firms may be able to absorb the cost, but independent truckers will be hit hard. If they can't afford to buy compliant rigs, they will have to cease operation.
It's apparently Obama's conscious policy to disfavor small trucking firms by regulatory favoritism. It's also Obama's policy to favor Mexican trucks with U.S. taxpayer handouts.
The chatter in Washington is about creating jobs for Americans and cutting spending. However, Todd Spencer says, "this program does exactly the opposite for both" and will "jeopardize the livelihoods of tens of thousands of U.S.-based, small-business truckers" as well as "undermine the standard of living for the rest of the driver community."
Americans who drive daily on U.S. highways are very concerned about safety when Mexican trucks are added to the many U.S. trucks already on our roads. The U.S-Mexico agreement requires us to accept Mexican commercial driver licenses, but Mexico has no real system of driver licensing, training, drug testing, physical requirements, truck safety inspection or brake standards that match U.S. rules.
Mexico cannot produce records of drivers' accidents or drug, alcohol use or a truck's record of brake safety or emissions. Also, Mexico is a country where bribes are the customary method of bypassing regulations.
George W. Bush's Transportation Secretary Mary Peters admitted at a Senate hearing that the U.S. regularly checks "proficient in English" when Mexican drivers answer questions and explain U.S. traffic signs in Spanish. Senator Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., was so incredulous at this reply that he had her repeat it, which she did.
The LaHood-Mexican agreement pretends to address this prevarication, stating that the exams are to be conducted orally in English. However, the agreement does not specify that the Mexican driver must speak English when he responds and explains U.S. laws and signs.
Even though Obama is a big advocate of clean air and green jobs, there is no mention in the agreement that Mexican trucks should adhere to the environmental standards imposed on American trucks. Juan Carlos Mu?oz, president of Mexico's National Chamber of Motor Transport of Freight, said that Mexican companies "do not have sufficient capacity to supply the diesel suitable for these new technologies," and that, if held to these requirements, Mexican truckers would be unable to "ever enter the United States, at least not for the next 20 years."
The reciprocal promise to allow U.S. trucks to drive into Mexico doesn't pass the laugh test. A U.S. trucker would be taking his life into his hands if he drove his truck into northern Mexico, where he would become a target to be robbed and killed by the Mexican drug cartels.
Where are Obama’s buddies, the Teamsters, in all this mess? What did he promise them to keep them quiet on this?
At least the trucks are legal ... < /s>
Geez American Truckers, U Mad?
FMCSA announced that all Mexican trucks participating in this project will be given Electronic On-Board Recorders equipped with global positioning capabilities and paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. FMCSA also announced that U.S. trucks must install similar equipment at their own expense. ...
U.S. taxpayers are also being required to pick up the cost of replacing old mufflers on dozens of Mexican trucks at a cost of $1,600 each,...
No safety inspections, free GPS, free Muflers - why not free tires and diesel fuel too? < /s>
This is an OUTRAGE!!
Good point..no..GREAT point. As far as I am concerned, the governmental betrayal of American truck drivers, also known as American “workers” is the more important story here. But all we will get, even from the Teamsters Union will be the sound of crickets.
By the way, are the MEXICAN truck drivers required to know how to read ENGLISH? After all, traffic signs, both of regulatory and warning in this country are printed in what is really the language of the land....ENGLISH.
Wait until an American family is wiped out because the truck driver from our southern neighbor didn’t know what the sign “Dangerous Intersection” meant.
I heard that they have no brakes, also. And they are steered by the wind.
“...Not realy. They are exempt from emmission standards...”
If true, this is another damming fact to be used following the revolution when we “take care of” EPA officials.
And again, I volunteer...no, I beg...to operate the guillotine.
This article is pure BS. Only one Mexican company (Transportes Olympic) has been approved to bring its trucks into the US, tho’ others are planning to apply. So far, only one of its trucks has been approved. Trucks are approved individually after they have been inspected and shown to meet all US safety and environmental regulations.
Only one other company (Grupo Behr de Baja California) has applied, and they don’t have any trucks approved yet. There are some problems with the company’s safety record which are holding up the application.
More proof that Schlafly is losing it. A quick web search shows that Transportes Olympic has been operating in the U.S. for years.
Bush#1+Clinton+Bush#2+obama all love Mexico. Is it because they all hate America?
Transportes Olympic participated in the Bush pilot-program, I think. Which means it operated here (past the buffer zone) for up to two years. When Schlafly writes about the “first” Mexican truck, she’s simply throwing red meat to her base.
Don’t forget Ronald Reagan. It was his idea!
All this with a country with a narco-terrorist civil war raging within it’s borders.
Three cheers for national security.
The Mexican outfits can’t equip their trucks to meet our requirements? Too bad. They don’t enter the country.
Menwhile, in Minnesota and Iowa, Canadian trains, that is long, long trains, are on our tracks
Past the 20 mile limit inside the USA?
No matter what—this is a disaster for Americans.
Your insurance will go up for UNINSURED drivers/vehicles. Mine is already 37% of my vehicle premiums in rural N Nevada.
The lack of inspections will bring God knows what into the USA.
Whooping cough is already rampant in California. Other diseases we have basically stamped out are being brought back into the USA. Agricultural pests are also invading.
What a treasonous attitude!!!!!
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