OOIDA Says Mexican Carriers Are Endangering Lives and Taking Jobs From U.S. Truckers
Kansas City, MO – The Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) is expressing its support for investigations into Mexican-domiciled trucking companies operating in America.
In a statement this week, Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA, said Mexican carriers participating in the cross-border program are “taking away jobs and profits from American drivers and carriers.”
OOIDA says the safety of the motoring public is also at stake.
In a message issued in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters this week, the groups agreed, “Mexican carriers and drivers that are not held to the same licensing, inspection, vehicle, environmental, and operational regulations endanger the lives of not only professional truck drivers, but certainly the general motoring public as well.”
Further, the groups contend officials are not adequately enforcing cabotage and labor laws which restrict Mexican carriers from making point-to-point deliveries within the U.S.
As a result, the groups are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to adopt interim rules to implement the provisions of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) since the trade deal became effective on July 1.
The Trump Administration’s signature trade agreement contains provisions allowing for the adoption of interim rules to restrict Mexican carriers from operating on U.S. highways, as well as to cap the number able to obtain operating authority.
Additionally, the trade pact empowers the USITC with authority to initiate investigations into Mexican carriers when interested parties file petitions on the basis of specific material harm.
“We believe prompt adoption of these interim rules will enhance and expedite the investigation process outlined in USMCA,” said Spencer.
According to Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR), 66 Mexican trucking companies employing more than 600 truck drivers currently participate in the controversial cross-border program.