GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is applauding the passage of the Safe American Roads Act of 2007 bill, which aims to limit implementation of a pilot project allowing Mexican trucks to operate in the US.
The cross-border trucking program would allow free reign of American roads to 100 Mexican carriers. The bill, which OOIDA says is designed to expose faulty, reckless gaps in an impending cross-border program was passed by the US House of Representatives by a vote of 411-3.
“This bill will inject some sanity into a program that still has far too many questions that have not been answered,” said OOIDA executive vice-president, Todd Spencer. “The DoT has provided nothing but rhetoric when asked exactly how it will implement this program.”
OOIDA has been critical of the cross-border program since day one, despite claims by DoT that Mexican carriers operating in the US will be subjected to the same safety standards US carriers are held to. The association, representing owner/operators in both the US and Canada, feels US borders should not be opened to Mexican trucks until their safety systems are completely compatible with those in the US.
“Today’s successful vote is credited to our members and the public for speaking up to their representatives,” added Spencer. “They know a sham when they see it.”
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