Mexican Trucks - NAFTA

There has been a unseen battle going on behind most of the publics back for sometime. It seems the Bush Administration has yet to fulfill an even higher unemployment rate in the US. It’s now the US Trucker who is going to be taking a very hard hit. I received the following notice from my group association that represents the legal aspect, kind of a go between us folks who drive trucks and the FMCSA ( Federal Motor Carrier Administration ) and the DOT ( Department of Transportation ). It’s the Government to make it the long and short. Here is the notice.

Dear Association Member,

As you may have already heard, there are indications that the U.S. DOT will be formally implementing its crossborder trucking pilot program with Mexico as early as next Thursday, September 6.  At this point, no one beyond the White House, top brass at the DOT and their friends in the Mexican government knows exactly when this will happen or how they will try to justify their actions.  The DOT knows that they are going against the will of the American people and Congress as well as venturing into blatantly illegal territory.  As such, we again find ourselves in the midst of much speculation and struggling to separate fact from fiction as our own government has not yet provided any formal notices or official statements to clue the public into their timing or specific intentions. 

What we do know is that yesterday an official from the U.S. Department of Justice tipped off a lawyer that DOT was planning to start the pilot program on September 1 (the target date has apparently now been pushed back to September 6).  This lawyer is associated with the coalition of organizations that we have been leading in opposition of opening the border to Mexico-domiciled trucks.  Some of the members of that coalition opted to file an emergency injunction to stop the pilot program though they did not yet have documentation to directly prove DOT’s intentions.  Though our name is not on that legal action, it is a move we certainly support.

We also know that the Mexican government published a notice today indicating that they would be moving forward with their part of the pilot program (allowing U.S. carriers to go south) as early as tomorrow.  This is consistent with statements that the Mexican government has been making for the past few months despite the efforts that have been made north of the border by the U.S. Congress to put the brakes on the pilot program and ultimately strip all funding for it.

Rest assured that OOIDA is doing everything that we possibly can to stop the DOT.  We are fighting a unique and historic battle in that we and our coalition have won several significant victories on Capitol Hill and yet the Administration continues to roll forward in defiance of Congress, the American people and the laws of our land.  Instead of implementing and abiding by the laws that have been written by Congress, the executive branch of our government is clearly ignoring their Constitutional responsibilities and limitations.

As soon as DOT moves in an official fashion to start the pilot program by issuing a public notice or formal statement, OOIDA will be filing a legal challenge to put an immediate stop to their efforts.  As you may know, many strong and valid efforts in the courts have been tossed out on technicalities and procedural missteps.  We do not want to miss out on an opportunity to stop the crossborder program by jumping the gun with a less than solid legal challenge.

OOIDA will also continue our efforts on Capitol Hill to reign in the DOT.  In addition to what we have been able to achieve there already we have initiated other legislative efforts, some of which we are keeping under wraps at this time for strategic purposes.  I ask that as a member of OOIDA and as a citizen of the United States, you also do all that you can to help put a stop to the crossborder program. 

Please call and fax your elected representatives in Washington, especially your U.S. Senators.  They need to hear from you as soon as possible and continue to hear from you until they are truly working on your behalf.  I also ask that you encourage your family, friends and acquaintances to contact their lawmakers.  Operators at the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202- 224-3121) can connect you to the offices of your elected officials.  If you are not sure who your Representative or Senators are, the operators will ask for your zip code and put you through to their offices.  You are also welcome to call the Association at 800-444-5791, we will be happy to look up telephone and fax numbers for you.

Please know that your Association is working hard on your behalf and please do what you can to help.  I do not have to tell you what is riding on our efforts to stop DOT or what the short and long-term implications are if we fail.

With sincere appreciation,

Jim Johnston

The bottom line here is money. I could give many reasons that this is a very bad idea. But for the most part, this is mainly about exporting jobs over seas. Since they can’t export the product like everything that is bought in Wal-Mart. They will import a replacement worker that goes back home ( South of the Border ).  Please help by calling your elected representatives in your home State if you can.

7 thoughts on “Mexican Trucks - NAFTA

  1. Does this have anything to do with the super highway I heard about a few years back being built to act as a new, quick and convenient transportation route for Mexican goods between Mexico, the US and Canada? 

    I don’t remember the details, but I think it was supposed to be limited access to trucks and no long drawn out border issues were to be processed as long as you were on the special highway and in a truck hauling freight. I could be wrong, it might just have been a scare tactic cooked up around the 2004 election though.

  2. Clarification please?
    For years I have heard trucking companies bitch in the news about how there is a massive shortage of truck drivers in North America.
    Please explain to me how allowing Mexican truckers and US truckers the ability to cross the border with cargo just as it is for the US and Canada equates to “Exporting Jobs overseas”? 
    The minute the truck crosses the border into the US it is subject to DOT regulation and US costs of doing business.  Do you actually think that Mexican truckers will get paid less after it smoothes out.  Isn’t it more likely that US carriers short on drivers will offer jobs to these willing and trained drivers and try to move them into the US like so many other industries do?
    I can see there are other concerns like imigration, security, vehicle inspection and safety and crime.  But exporting jobs overseas feels like a weak argument on this one.

  3. By John Crawley

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration can proceed with a plan to open the U.S. border to long haul Mexican trucks as early as next week after an appeals court rejected a bid by labor, consumer and environmental interests to block the initiative.

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco late on Friday denied an emergency petition sought by the Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and consumer group Public Citizen to halt the start of a one-year pilot program that was approved by Congress after years of legal and political wrangling.

    The Transportation Department welcomed the decision and said in a statement that allowing more direct shipments from Mexico will benefit U.S. consumers.
    There is no shortage of Trucks, We set for days waiting for a load. But since we pay so many types of taxes, Fuel Tax, SSI, Workers Comp, Insurance, Health and Truck, It cost a lot to operate.

    The Mexican Trucks can roll into America with 400 to 600 gallons of Mexican Fuel, Never pay a dime in US Tax, and go back to Mexico and do it all over again. Also when one of their rigs crosses the US Border they begin a log book at the border. That means they could be up all night driving and then drive all day, and do it legally.

    My Truck weighs in at 80,000 lbs fully loaded. If it wrecks, pretty much everything it hits is screwed. But not to worry you can slap a lawsuit on me. Well in this case good luck at suing anybody in Mexico.

    There is a critical shortage of parking. Where are they going to Park?

    They say they will open the border to 100 companies only. I am leased to a company that has 9000 trucks. ( Thats just 1 company ).

    My company is required by law to belong to a random drug screen alert. That means if they call me, I have 4 hours to get tested.
    ( Mexican Truck Drivers ) = Exempt from testing.

    Almost all Trucks coming out of Mexico will be Pre-Passed for inspection, Either Cargo or Safety. They expect 4% to be inspected for either. They do not have to speak, read, or write English.

    I read the other day about a cabinet maker someplace back east. He is losing his business because he cannot compete with his new competition. He pays his employees well, and Taxes, Insurance and all the stuff. His competition hires only illegal aliens. Pays them cash. This man is losing a 3rd generation business over this bullshit.

    It’s just wrong….

  4. Welcome to globalization.  Looks like the Bush admin is actually playing by its own rules for a change.  For years the US, at the behest of big business, has put pressure on comtries to ‘liberalise’- i.e. allow US companies to get into the contry concerned.  Often this is done by tying aid or treaties to a commitment to sell off public utilities.  I’ll see if I can find the bit in a book I have, but I read that governments can be forced to sell public utilities by the WTO.

    I’m guessing that the imputus for this came from those having their goods hauled wanting to pay less costs.

  5. I am still having trouble buying your arguments.;=cbmsnhp41096≻_extcmp=JS_1096_home1>1;=10372&cbRecursionCnt;=1&cbsid;=ab8cc94bef4a4972ad73fc98b51b87d5-242476514-R8-4

    Top 10 jobs needing workers in the US.  are you sure you shouldn’t be changing trucking companies? Perhaps the company you work for sucks? My brother in-law is a dispatcher for a small trucking company here in Alberta and he complains all the time about to many loads and not enough drivers.

  6. Globalisation can be a good thing provided it is balanced. It will be 1 out of 100,000 US Trucks that cross into Mexico.

    Why is that ?

    Because Mexico is little more than another 3rd World country. Mexico should not ( other than by map ) be considered a part of North America.

    American drivers have to meet a criteria to drive.  Schools, Test, Background Checks, A lot of checks and balances.

    Letting just anyone from Mexico that can show (ID) is just wrong. The Mexican Government is even more corrupt than it’s neighbor to the North.

    And yes there is a shortage of Drivers to haul Cheap Freight. I won’t haul it…It can set on the dock all day, all week, all month. I am not paying anyone to haul their freight.

    It does not get any more simple than this…Our Country is being outsourced, that is not to be confused with globalization.

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