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Monday, March 07, 2011

Obama's Plan to Admit Mexican Trucks

It is amazing that, with unemployment so high, the Obama Administration is pushing a plan that will put many American truck drivers out of work and make highway driving for Americans more dangerous and less pleasant. Obama wants to admit Mexican trucks to drive on all U.S. highways and roads. The result would be that American truck drivers would lose jobs to Mexican drivers who are not subject to U.S. regulations. Mexican trucks are known to be overweight and lacking in safety regulations. Mexico doesn't have national databases that track drivers' records, background checks, drug usage, and arrests, and it's known to be easy to get a commercial driver's license with a bribe.

Nevertheless, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he wants to admit Mexican trucks to U.S. roads. He thinks he can appease Congress by presenting what he calls a "concept document." That's two pages of bureaucratic pablum that does nothing to assure the safety of Americans on our highways. This document calls for a "review" of Mexican safety, driving records, and inspection of Mexican trucks. But the document says nothing about what the standard of review and inspection will be, and whether Mexican trucks and drivers who don't pass inspection will be rejected.

Under this document, Mexican trucks would be subject to border inspections at the "normal border inspection rate," and be subject to inspections within the U.S. "at the same rate as U.S. companies." That does not reassure us; the "normal" border inspection rate means that only a few violators will get caught, which the Mexicans will consider just a cost of doing business. And the notion that Mexican drivers need inspection only at the 50% U.S. rate is ridiculous. Americans do not want Mexican trucks driving on U.S. roads.

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