Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Mexican Invasion........Of Trucks

A Mexican Invasion........Of Trucks

The Obama administration is preparing once again to allow Mexican trucks to roam freely on U.S. roads under the auspices of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, with or without the approval of Congress.

Quietly, the U.S. Department of Transportation has posted on its website a "Concept Document," specifying a "Phased U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Proposal" that envisions allowing open access to an unspecified number of Mexican trucks on U.S. roads after DOT has time to post in the Federal Register new rules circulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA.

The Obama administration's determination to see Mexican long-haul rigs roll throughout the U.S. is a slap in the face to many Democrats in Congress, including Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who fought hard in 2008 to have language inserted into legislation that would stop the project out of concerns that Mexican trucks do not conform to U.S. safety standards.

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