Mexico trucks to roll on U.S. highways

Feb 20, 2006
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Mexico trucks to roll on U.S. highways

The Bush administration can proceed with a plan to open the U.S. border to long haul Mexican trucks as early as next week after an appeals court rejected a bid by labor, consumer and environmental interests to block the initiative.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco late on Friday denied an emergency petition sought by the Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and consumer group Public Citizen to halt the start of a one-year pilot program that was approved by Congress after years of legal and political wrangling.

The Transportation Department welcomed the decision and said in a statement that allowing more direct shipments from Mexico will benefit U.S. consumers.

The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement approved broader access for ground shipments from both countries but the Clinton administration never complied with the trucking provision. A special tribunal ordered the Bush administration to do so in 2001.

"This is the wrong decision for working men and women," Jim Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, said in a statement after the court ruling. "We believe this program clearly breaks the law." The Teamsters represents truckers that would be affected by the change.

The emergency stay was sought on grounds the administration's pilot program had not satisfied the U.S. Congress' requirements on safety and other issues. But the appeals court ruled otherwise.


The administration plans to start the program on September 6. Transportation Department officials hope to receive final clearance early next week from the department's inspector general's office, which is reviewing its safety aspects, and finalize details with Mexican authorities.

The Mexican government must grant reciprocal access to U.S. trucks under NAFTA. That provision is not expected to be a problem, regulators said.

Mexican trucks operating in the United States have for years been restricted to U.S. points near certain large border crossings where their goods are transferred to trucks owned by U.S. firms.

Under the pilot program, Mexican long haul trucking companies that have met safety, licensing, and other U.S. requirements will be allowed to operate their rigs throughout the country. Proponents say this will reduce costs and speed up shipments.

Trucking regulators said in a court filing the goal is to gradually accommodate 100 Mexican trucking companies by the end of the pilot program, or roughly 540 large trucks.

But opponents said those figures do not reflect the number of companies that could seek access to U.S. roads if the pilot is successful, which they said raises safety concerns.

"This (pilot) program is basically a show trial. They haven't provided notice up front about who will participate. You just don't know what the program will look like," said Bonnie Robin-Vergeer, attorney for Public Citizen.

Public Citizen and the Teamsters still plan to proceed with a lawsuit they filed in federal court, challenging the Mexican truck program on broader grounds. That case will not likely be decided until next year.

Trucks from Canada have no operating restrictions in the United States.

Copyright © 2007 Reuters Limited.
Aug 11, 2005
now thats some canadian comedy!


Man alot of things piss me off about this story. First is that it was at least honest enough to point out that both political parties played a role in this disaster, and that the media caught in an election year will most definetly point the finger at Bush. Second is the fact that we just had a major bridge collapse that some experts say was contributed to by excessive truck traffic on the NAFTA superhighway, and we just increased that traffic with out even a second look at the rest of the high way situation. And what moron said that allowing foreign labor to take more jobs from Americans is going to help the American consumer. If we don't have jobs we can't afford to buy the shit. I think from now on when I hear the word consumer I am going to picture the wealthy of this country. Because this is apparently a bid to better their lives at the cost of the poor and middle class. What we have hear is failure to recognize an all out class war being won by the richest five percent of our country on the poorest ninety-five percent. Ask 95% of the public if there stock doubled, will they be able to fead their family for the next twenty years, the answer will be 'no.' Ask the same people if they had their job taken to do that, will they able to feed their family for the next twenty years, the answer would still be 'no.' The jobs being taken can not be replaced when it comes to trade. People can only fight for the same dollar store jobs people are already taking. The worst paying jobs just get worse as competition for them grows. As the name suggests it, WakeUpAmerica.


New Wackbag
Oct 10, 2004
I don't care if truck drivers are red necks from the sun or red necks from birth.


Sep 15, 2004
You will if one of those Mexican trucks has no real insurance and it crashes into you.


Light-skinned, with no Negro dialect.
Feb 11, 2006
Washington D.C.
Dr. Ron Paul told me this was all part of that North American Union!

Jul 13, 2006
Well look to the bright side of this fellas. With thousands of Mexican trucks coming across the border daily without real cargo checks it will make it terribly difficult for al Qaeda to sneak dirty nuclear bombs or chemicals into thr country to kill people/poison water sources, it will stamp out the smuggling of illegal drugs, and it will also not result in 18-wheelers being packed full of illegal Mexicans being snuck into the country.

Fuck coyotes with their little vehicles, just imagine a few 18-wheelers full of Mexicans. :action-sm Good times ahead boys, good times:action-sm:action-sm


Registered User
Jan 17, 2005
Wasn't there something about them building a port in Mexico and a intestate highway from it to the US. So the Chinks could have cheaper shipping cost by avoiding US ports and the US Customs.
and that the media caught in an election year will most definetly point the finger at Bush.

"The Bush administration urged a federal appeals court Thursday to let Mexican cargo trucks cross the border and travel freely anywhere in the country, arguing that to do otherwise could strain diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

By Rudy Gutierrez, El Paso Times via AP"

You're right because they have nothing to do with it whatsoever. I mean Clinton was right there holding his hand as they both dispatched people to persuade the courts.


Hiding behind my keyboard
Jan 25, 2006
as a union member for about 12 years now (closed shop), I can tell you that when NAFTA went rolling on out, the Dems (supposedly the unions best friend) were behind it too. If you follow these things, you would have noticed that in that election year, the AFL-CIO did not openly endorse many of those who voted for it. Of course covertly they still funded their campaigns. But in the end it mattered little, the Dems are still seen as the unions friend in DC. Of course Republicans are villanized, due to their anti labor stance (in general).

I know someone on this board will bash me for this. But it is all fact, and I do not desire to take the time to educate the uninformed. In PA, see who sits on the electoral, chock full of union people the last time I checked it.