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Another Carrier Approved for Mexican Truck Pilot

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comment no later than May 13 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, Servicio de Transporte Internacional y Local SA de CV successfully completed its PASA and the results of this audit are available here. No acute violations were identified but violations of three regulations were found: driver qualification files that did not include drivers’ certification of violations, the absence of carrier inquiries about drivers’ drug and alcohol history, and improper use of the 100-air-mile-radius exemption. However, none of these violations, alone or in combination, rises to a level that would result in a failure of the PASA or a failure in any of the five factors for evaluation.

STIL has requested the use of 13 drivers and 20 vehicles to participate in the pilot program. None of the proposed drivers have any driver out of service violations noted on the 415 inspections conducted during the 24 months prior to March 22, 2013. In addition, all 20 vehicles passed FMCSA inspections and received CVSA decals. A list of the carrier’s vehicles approved for use in the pilot program, as well as copies of the vehicle inspections conducted during the PASA, are available on the Web site referenced above.

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