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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Admitting Mexican Trucks Is a Bad Deal

The Obama Administration has now admitted Mexican trucks to drive on all U.S. highways and roads. They were kept out by the administrations the first and second George Bush and Bill Clinton, but Obama sent his Secretary of Transportation to sign an agreement in Mexico to let them in. In a previous commentary, I talked about the unfairness of the deal in requiring U.S. trucks to buy Electronic On-Board Recorders and updated mufflers, but giving that equipment to the Mexican trucks as gifts from the U.S. taxpayers.

But On-Board Recorders and mufflers are only part of the expensive new regulations hitting U.S. truckers. Obama has imposed new fuel-efficiency regulations, new emission targets, and new safety regulations. The large trucking firms may be able to absorb the cost, but independent truckers will be hit hard. If they can't afford to buy compliant rigs, they will have to cease operation. It's apparently Obama's conscious policy to disfavor small trucking firms by regulatory favoritism.

The chatter in Washington is about creating jobs for Americans and cutting spending. However, Todd Spencer says "this program does exactly the opposite for both" and will "jeopardize the livelihoods of tens of thousands of U.S.-based small-business truckers" as well as "undermine the standard of living for the rest of the driver community."

Americans who drive daily on U.S. highways are very concerned about safety when Mexican trucks are added to U.S. trucks already on our roads. The U.S-Mexico agreement requires us to accept Mexican commercial driver licenses, but Mexico has no real system of driver licensing, training, drug testing, or physical requirements, or truck safety inspection or brake standards that match U.S. rules. The whole deal of allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. highways is bad, dangerous, and costly to Americans, and we hope Congress will pass a law to stop it.

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