Dallas, TX- One on the U.S.’s largest unions and traffic safety groups filed a lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in an attempt to stop the agency from allowing Mexican trucking companies to operate in the U.S.
The lawsuit, filed by the Teamsters Union, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the Truck Safety Coalition, alleges that the study the FMCSA relied on in their decision to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucking companies did not provide sufficient enough data, Fleet Owner reported.
The Teamsters Unions contends that the FMCSA did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act when deciding to open the border because, “because its conclusion— that Mexico-domiciled carriers operate at a level of safety equal to or greater than U.S. and Canadian carriers— is arbitrary and capricious in light of the admitted lack of significant data from a pilot program Congress required DOT to conduct,” according to Trucking Info.
In October, the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association noted that the data the FMCSA relied on was limited to a small number of Mexican trucking companies. Paving the way for cross-border trucking hinged on a pilot program which required 46 Mexican trucking companies to participate in over 4,000 inspections in order the for safety data to be statistically accurate. The OOIDA noted that only 13 trucking companies participated in the pilot program, therefore the FMCSA did not collect the necessary data to prove that these companies are capable of operating safely and complying with federal trucking regulations.
Allowing these Mexican trucking companies to operate in the U.S. without clear data could become a safety issue. This program will add more commercial trucks to the road that may not have a clean safety record and put even more people at risk of suffering harm or being killed in a serious truck accident.
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