U.S. DOT Opens U.S. Border To Mexican Trucks "Marking A Significant Milestone In Implementation Of NAFTA"- Inspector General Warns That Safety of Mexican Carriers Has Not Been Shown
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
January 9, 2015


ABOUT THIS SITE MOST RECENT ARTICLESRADIO INTERVIEWSVIDEOS
ZIONISM FREEMASONRYFILMING COPSFIGHTING TRAFFIC TICKETS
9/11= Inside Job VACCINES= POISONRED-LIGHT CAMERASEUGENICS=MURDER
NEW SECTION: CATHOLICISM LibertyFight.com CLASSICSHISTORICAL QUOTESALL WARS ARE BANKERS WARS!



The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to "apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx insisted they have proven "a level of safety at least as high as their American and Canadian counterparts."

However, in a report issued last month, The Office of Inspector General concluded the opposite, noting "Because the pilot program lacked an adequate number of participants, we could not determine with confidence whether the 15 carriers are representative. Without being able to determine the representativeness of the 15 carriers, one cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future."

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) issued a press release explaining that they will open up the U.S. border to Mexican trucks in order to comply with NAFTA. It stated, in part,

United States to Expand Trade Opportunities with Mexico through Safe Cross-Border Trucking The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Opening the door to a safe cross-border trucking system with Mexico is a major step forward in strengthening our relationship with the nation's third largest trading partner, and in meeting our obligations under NAFTA," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Data from the three-year pilot program, and additional analysis on almost 1,000 other Mexican long-haul trucking companies that transport goods into the United States, proved that Mexican carriers demonstrate a level of safety at least as high as their American and Canadian counterparts."


Fifteen trucking companies from Mexico enrolled in the pilot that concluded in October, crossing the border more than 28,000 times, traveling more than 1.5 million miles in-country, and undergoing more than 5,500 safety inspections by American officials.

Data collected on the pilot carriers, and an additional 952 Mexican-owned trucking companies that also operated long-haul in the U.S. during the same 36-month period under a pre-existing authority, showed that companies from Mexico had violation, driver, and vehicle out-of-service rates that met the level of safety as American and Canadian-domiciled motor carriers.

Today's announcement ends more than two decades of uncertainty, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also welcomed the news.

"I am pleased that the Department of Transportation has published its analysis of its very rigorous long-haul, cross-border trucking pilot program. The successful conclusion of the pilot program provides the basis for the permanent resolution to this dispute," said Ambassador Froman. "We have been, and will continue to work with Mexico to ensure that the threat of retaliatory duties will now be brought to a swift conclusion as well. Formally concluding this process will help us continue our work to expand trade and investment opportunities between our countries."


However, a Office of Inspector General Audit Report stated that the cross-border pilot program required by law had too few participants to guarantee the safety of the Mexican trucks. Despite the law clearly mandating this pilot program to confirm the safety of mexican trucks, congress ignored the mandate and gave the OK for the trucks.

The OIG Report No. ST-2015-014, dated December 14, 2014 was titled FMCSA ADEQUATELY MONITORED ITS NAFTA CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING PILOT PROGRAM BUT LACKED A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE TO PROJECT OVERALL SAFETY PERFORMANCE.

The OIG states that the law is very clear:
Section 6901 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act requires FMCSA to conduct the pilot program in compliance with Title 49 United States Code Section 31315(c). Under this statute, pilot program plans must include certain elements, including a reasonable number of participants to yield statistically valid findings. In addition, Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 381.400(d) states that the number of participants in a pilot program must be large enough to ensure statistically valid findings.

These conditions were clearly not met as the law requires. The Office of Inspector General concluded "Because the pilot program lacked an adequate number of participants, we could not determine with confidence whether the 15 carriers are representative. Without being able to determine the representativeness of the 15 carriers, one cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future.... We could not reasonably assess the impact of crashes on future carrier activity because FMCSA enrolled too few carriers in the program."

It continued "According to FMCSA officials, concerns about the safety and security of its personnel prevented full compliance. In some areas where motor carriers were located, the State Department warned of significant organized crime activity, kidnappings, and homicides. In light of these concerns and associated travel restrictions, FMCSA deferred the scheduling of PASAs in Mexico. Our review determined that FMCSA made reasonable efforts to conduct PASAs in Mexico."

Some examples of what the sample group would be required to do are to give English responses to questions about traffic and road signs, and require testing of all 21 traffic and road signs used for the test.


Some more excerpts from the OIG Report:
"Under the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States and Mexico agreed to long-haul cross-border transportation of cargo and passengers between the two countries. Congress prohibited the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from processing Mexico-domiciled motor carrier applications to operate beyond United States commercial zones1 until certain requirements are met and a pilot program for granting long-haul authority to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers has evaluated the potential impact on safety. Commercial zones generally extend up to 25 miles north of United States border municipalities in California, New Mexico, and Texas (or 75 miles in Arizona).

"...One cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future."

"FMCSA officials also pointed out that Mexican long-haul authority only allows transportation of international cargo, and Mexican motor carriers generally do not have established business relationships in the United States to transport freight back to Mexico that would make long-haul operations profitable.


"Most Pilot Program Activity Was Attributed to Two Carriers and Occurred in the Commercial Zone, Making Any Projection of Safety Unreliable During the pilot program, 90 percent (25,630 out of 28,225) of the border crossings and 80 percent (4,473 out of 5,545) of the inspections conducted were attributed to only 2 carriers. This skewed distribution of activity makes a statistical projection about the ability of Mexico-domiciled carriers to operate safely beyond the commercial zones along the United States-Mexico border unreliable.

"FMCSA concluded that pilot program participant carriers, as well as Mexico-domiciled and Mexican-owned carriers with existing authority to operate in the United States, performed no worse than United States and Canadian motor carriers. However, the pilot program lacked an adequate and representative sample of participant carriers to project these results across the universe of Mexico-domiciled carriers likely to engage in cross-border operations. FMCSA indicated that it will decide what actions to take in regards to cross-border trucking long-haul operations once we issue this report. FMCSA stated that it will submit its full analysis of the pilot program to Congress in early 2015."

In October 2011, FMCSA issued a plan to its field staff for scheduling PASAs and pilot program carrier compliance reviews, which was intended to help comply with the requirement that 50 percent of these reviews be conducted on site in Mexico. However, only 8 of 21 (38 percent) of PASAs were conducted on site in Mexico. According to FMCSA officials, concerns about the safety and security of its personnel prevented full compliance. In some areas where motor carriers were located, the State Department warned of significant organized crime activity, kidnappings, and homicides. In light of these concerns and associated travel restrictions, FMCSA deferred the scheduling of PASAs in Mexico. Our review determined that FMCSA made reasonable efforts to conduct PASAs in Mexico.

While observing a demonstration of FMCSA's electronic monitoring interface at the Otay Mesa, CA, port of entry, we noticed that a pilot program truck was operating without a pilot program-approved driver.



RELATED:

LibertyFight.com TRUCKER CHECKPOINT VIDEOS: [Note these goons did not bash in my window, pull me out of the truck, or detain me for 17 days like they have done to other truckers who tried this.]
Trucker puts police in their place at suspicionless internal checkpoint: No probable cause, no answers required at suspicionless internal checkpoints [Featured on PrisonPlanet.com.]

Cop at Suspicionless Checkpoint Starts Barking Orders, But Then Flees from Camera Creepy DHS Supervisor tries to open vehicle door when motorist asks officer's name 4-17-13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com, Economic Policy Journal & LewRockwell.com.]

DHS Calls Motorists' Employer to Tattle That They Won't Answer Questions At Warrantless Checkpoint (Article & 2 videos) 8/1/14

Checkpoint Cop Offended When I Yell At Him About 4th Amendment (Article & Video) 7/8/14
"Have You Ever Heard of the 4th Amendment? I'm not answering your Questions, Goodbye!"

  • In October, California launched its' own Pilot Program To Charge Drivers By The Mile. The author admits that the law will "burden families." Carpool lanes in Southern California, which were paid for years ago by taxpayers, are now being turned into toll roads to fleece the people. Orange County, CA alone was issuing 15,000 photo citations PER DAY after motorists were confused about the new system.



    [Facebook does not allow links to my site. To post this article on Facebook, use this link: http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/us-dot-opens-us-border-mexican-trucks-marking-significant-milestone-implementation-nafta-ins#axzz3O4f6MM37.]

    You can follow LibertyFight.com on Twitter and re-tweet this article here.


    Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 TV Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened.com, Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com, Economic Policy Journal, TargetLiberty.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, TMZ, Veterans Today, Jonathan Turley blog, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, National Motorists Association, AmericanFreePress.net, RomanCatholicReport.com, WorldNetDaily, HenryMakow.com, OverdriveOnline.com, Educate-Yourself.org, TexeMarrs.com, Dr. Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad radio show, Strike-The-Root.com, Pasadena Weekly, ActivistPost.com, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI AM 640, IamtheWitness.com, Redlands Daily Facts, SaveTheMales.ca, BlackBoxVoting, The Michael Badnarik Show, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense.com, FromTheTrenchesWorldReport.com, BeforeItsNews.com, The Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, CopBlock.org, DavidIcke.com, Whittier Daily News, KCLA FM Hollywood, The Fullerton Observer, Antiwar.com, From The Trenches World Report, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.



    FAIR USE NOTICE: The above may be copyrighted material, and the use of it on LibertyFight.com may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available on a non-profit basis for educational and discussion purposes only. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 USC S. 107. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


    'POLICE STATE' Articles From LibertyFight.com:

    This article and video shows how two aggressive cops try (unsuccessfully) to intimidate a female motorist into giving up her rights: Lunatic CHP cops go berzerk as female motorist successfully demands her rights under CA Vehicle code (3/22/13):

    Zio-Randy:

    More links / Catholic Information:

    free web stats