Obama opens the border, defies unions and truckers, and ignores Congress on the ever-so controversial cross-border issue with Mexico. Obama also, screws the American tax payers too, as in the deal with Mexico that he agreed to has Americans paying for the Electronic On-board Recorders for the Mexican trucks. Why?
I’m not much on democrats or liberals or RINOs but I am glad that Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – at least seems to be looking out for American Truckers, and taxpayers. He sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requesting additional details regarding the proposed pilot program the U.S. is negotiating with Mexican officials.
The pilot would allow Mexican trucks to operate on U.S. highways beyond the current border commercial zone (25 miles) and it would allow Mexican carriers to obtain permanent operating authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) after only 18 months in the pilot program – as long as they don’t receive any safety violations. That permanent authority would not be rescinded were Congress or the Administration to terminate the Mexican truck pilot program. DeFazio questions the legal authority of DOT to implement a permanent program.
I request that you provide me with a written justification of how DOT’s planned program complies with the requirements for pilot programs under section 31315 of title 49, United States Code, as well as various appropriations provisions related to cross border trucking. I also ask that you provide me with the specific legal authority the Department relies on to expend Highway Trust Fund dollars to implement the pilot program and to purchase equipment to be used and retained by Mexican carriers.
This is probably under the “legal authority” of “the anointed one” as Sean Hannity would say.
In addition, DeFazio strongly opposes a proposal to use scarce Highway Trust Fund dollars to pay for the Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBR) for Mexican trucks in the program. This proposal would require American taxpayers to subsidize Mexican truck compliance with American safety standards and regulations. This is simply unacceptable.
This is only unacceptable to people who have a brain and know how to use it – Obama and Lahood through many failed schemes have proven time after time that they obviously are not playing with a full deck.
“As I have said before, three issues must be addressed in the cross-border trucking program: safety, security and job loss,” DeFazio said. “I appreciate the Administration’s attempt to address the very serious safety and security concerns surrounding Mexican trucks, and I am glad we are beginning to address the extortionate Mexican tariffs unfairly slapped on American goods.” This should have been done two years ago by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, when Mexico first placed the illegal tariffs.
DeFazio continued saying, “However, taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the Mexican trucking industry to comply with American safety standards. It is outrageous that we would spend tax dollars to pay for equipment on Mexican trucks; equipment which either the Mexican government or the Mexican carriers themselves should be required to pay.” Exactly! DeFazio truly gets it. While sadly, Obama and LaHood miss it again.
DeFazio also pointed out. Furthermore, carriers who participated in the pilot program DOT launched in 2007 will get credit for the number of months they operated in the U.S. when they re-apply under this new program. This means that some carriers would receive permanent authority almost immediately.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has said the final agreement to end a two-year-old trucking dispute with Mexico “should be weeks, if not days” away. Why is this administration so up on shoving things through so fast? Maybe, it is because of the “shady” deals they try all the time. Which I might mention have all failed since Obama was placed on his pedestal.
DeFazio went onto explain, “I strongly support the requirement that Mexican carriers use EOBRs to demonstrate compliance with hours of service laws, particularly since Mexico does not hold its drivers to the same stringent hours of service standards that apply to U.S. carriers. However, it is outrageous that U.S. truckers, through the fuel tax, will subsidize the cost of doing business for these Mexican carriers.”
Everyone needs to call your senators and representatives and demand them to kill this deal now. You can call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 provide the operator with your home zip code and they will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
If you as a US truck-driver value your job then you must contact your Senators and Representatives and explain to them why this is not a good idea. It is ironic that the DOT is always talking about how their number one priority is Safety – then they do this.
Anne Ferro: ”This is Why US-Taxpayers and American Truck Drivers need to Foot The Bill for EOBRs for Mexican Trucks”
DEFAZIO QUESTIONS SO-CALLED MEXICAN TRUCK “PILOT” PROGRAM
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