Independent Drivers Group Blasts Plans to Open Border to Mexican Commercial Trucks
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) yesterday held a press conference to give the Department of Transportation an F for its performance on safety and security issues. OOIDA, joined by some safety advocates, sharply criticized the Transportation Department's push to open the border to commercial trucks from Mexico. "Transportation Secretary Mary Peters claims trucks from Mexico will be subject to the same regulations as U.S. drivers, yet she has never said how this will be done," OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said at the news conference. "These regulations don't exist in Mexico."But Department of Transportation representatives defended their plans and safety record in interviews with trucking industry publications. "The companies in this program are the most monitored on the road," Melissa Delaney, a DOT spokesperson, told The Trucker. "Their trucks are the most inspected and their drivers are the most scrutinized. The Mexican companies will have to comply with stricter rules than U.S. companies."