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OOIDA Appeals Decision on Pilot Program with Mexico

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Jun 07, 2013 @ 08:57 AM

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has filed an appeal to overturn a recent court decision which enables commercial trucking operators from Mexico to operate on U.S. roadways with a Mexican-issued trucking license. This pilot program, run by the Department of Transportation, is intended to increase trade between the two countries by reducing barriers to transportation. 

However, the OOIDA argues that this program unfairly disadvantages truck drivers in the United States. According to the OOIDA, trucking safety regulation standards are considerably more strict in the United States than in Mexico, so treating Mexican-based trucking operations as equivalent to American-based operations allows Mexican truckers to evade many of these restrictions, harming the job security of American truckers and making highways less safe. 

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