Sunday, January 09, 2011

They NeverGive Up.

They never give up.
The U.S. proposed opening its highways to Mexican trucks under a second test program that would require Mexican drivers to be proficient in the English language and U.S. traffic laws.

The two countries may reach an agreement to allow cross- border trucking within weeks, Mexican Deputy Transportation Minister Humberto Trevino said today in a telephone interview.

As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. agreed to allow Mexican trucks access to deliver goods in the U.S., a pledge it never fully honored after safety advocates and union officials said Mexico’s trucks and drivers didn’t meet U.S. standards. The U.S. canceled its previous trucking program in 2009, leading Mexico to impose tariffs on U.S. products.

The new proposed program will last 3 years instead of the 1 year trial that ended in 2009.

Of course the U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised this proposed program because it will increase exports but no mention of the trucking jobs it will also export.p; While Mexican truckers are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to operate within the U.S., U.S. truckers are obviously reluctant to transverse the Mexican highways.

1 comment:

Robin said...

this is really interesting... there are a lot of new regulations that are coming out this year which are centered around "safety" and yet they're going to allow trucks from Mexico to come in which are not under the same standards that the United States has for their drivers.

It is hard to be a truck driver or owner operator as it is in the United States especially like in Oregon which has increased its fees by 104% this year alone.

additionally, the FMCSA has proposed reducing the hours of service that a truck and operate which also takes money away from both the driver and the company.

This is just another NAFTA BS aimed at selling out an already crippled industry.