Another Carrier Approved for Mexican Truck Pilot
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comment no later than May 6 on data and information concerning a pre-authorization safety audit conducted for one motor carrier that has applied to participate in the pilot program to test and demonstrate the ability of Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate safely in the U.S. beyond specified border zones. This program was recently upheld by a federal court and is slated to run through October 2014. According to FMCSA, RAM Trucking SA de CV successfully completed its PASA and the results of this audit are available here.
Also on this Web site is a series of charts showing activity under the pilot program. These charts show that as of April 14 the vast number of crossings and inspections were attributable to a single carrier, although nine others are currently participating. Most crossings under the program have taken place at Ysleta, Texas, followed by Santa Teresa, N.M., and Otay Mesa, Calif. Texas is the border state that has seen the most miles traveled by Mexican carriers under the program, followed by California, while most of the miles traveled in non-border states have been in Florida and Louisiana.