OOIDA pleased with Mexican truck ruling

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The U.S. House of Representatives decision to bar Mexican trucks from operating beyond commercial zones of border cities has pleased U.S.-based owner-operators.

The Owner/Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has applauded the decision, which resulted from a vote of 285 to 143 in favor of denying the Department of Transportation the ability to register Mexican carriers to operate throughout the U.S.

OOIDA president, Jim Johnston, says “The size of this vote shows, that while there may be congressional support for NAFTA, there is significant concern for the potentially devastating highway safety impact of allowing Mexican trucks unfettered access to U.S. highways.”

“The United States is simply unprepared to address all of the issues that would be raised by allowing Mexican trucks to operate on all of our highways,” Johnston adds.

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