Lawsuit Filed on NAFTA Trucking; DOT IG Issues NAFTA Report
On Sept. 2, the Teamsters and Public Citizen filed a “Petition for Review” with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to review the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to implement a cross-border pilot program with Mexico. The petitioners claim that the pilot program is in violation of specific statutory requirements enacted by Congress. On a related matter, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the DOT Inspector General (IG) released a report on FMCSA’s readiness to move forward with a NAFTA Pilot Program. The IG stated that FMCSA has met “most of the 34” specific statutory requirements before granting operating authority to Mexican carriers. The IG recommended that FMCSA improve its process for conducting on-site Pre-Authority Safety Audits (PASA) in Mexico, with at least fifty percent of such reviews taking place in Mexico; coordinate site-specific plans for border inspections; establish a system for truck and driver eligibility in the pilot; use electronic monitoring devices; and, improve inpection personnel training at the border.