Will Mexican trucks get a "pass" as the enter the US starting Sept 1st?


Following is a Press Release that I have just received which triggers a multitude of questions for which I welcome your feedback. Said questions will appear at the end of the Press Release.

Contact: Norita Taylor, norita_taylor@ooida.com

(800) 444-5791

Mexican trucks should remain there until proven safe, secure

DOT’s pilot program to start beginning Sept. 1

(Grain Valley, MO, August 29, 2007) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) will be requesting an injunction be filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s plan to allow Mexican trucks to operate throughout the United States, set to begin this Saturday, Sept. 1.

“We are stunned at the contempt toward hard-working, American truckers, American highway users and most of all, the rule of law,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA.

“They are determined to move ahead with this travesty and open our highways to Mexico-domiciled trucking companies, against the will of the public and nationally elected representatives, and regardless of the concerns that have been raised by Congress and the American people.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, MO, area. The Association currently has more than 155,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.
OK. It’s your turn to consider and respond to the following.

Think for a moment. All international airlines must meet or exceed FAA minimum safety standards if they arrive or depart from any US airport. All inbound shipping must comply with our US Coast Guard rules and regulations.

Question #1. What role does this “open door” trucking program have on the authority of ICE, DOT, Homeland Security or Customs Agents?

#2 Will we be permitted to stop and inspect every truck that crosses into the US?

#3 Will these trucks be sealed? And if so, will be permitted to break the seals?

#4 If not what assurance do we have that the trucks will not contain any contraband, drugs or illegal immigrants?

#5. What if these trucks fail to pass a reasonable safety check. Do we have the authority to turn them back. i.e. bald tires, poor brakes, cracked windshields, etc

Feel free to expand this list. Thank you! Larry

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