**ACTION NEEDED TO STOP UNSAFE MEXICO-DOMICILED TRUCKS FROM DRIVING IN THE U.S.
TRUCK SAFETY COALITION FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
BACKGROUND: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plan to open the
U.S. border with Mexico to a select group of 100 Mexican motor carriers as part
of a so-called pilot or demonstration program. Section 350 of the 2002
DOT Appropriations Act (2001) requires DOT to assure that trucks and
drivers from Mexico will meet U.S. safety standards and not endanger the U.S.
population while traveling on our highways. Fifteen years after
signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and six years
after Congress imposed safety benchmarks in Section 350, safety problems persist at the border.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Call, email, or fax
your Senators. Their contact information can be easily found at www.senate.gov. Urge them to support S 965, the U.S. Troop Readiness,
Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability
Appropriations Act, 2007. This bill includes a section that would require DOT
to comply with the safety regulations in Section 350 before opening the
border and to obtain comment and input from the
public about how the
pilot program is going to be conducted.
Driver Violations: Drivers that have been stopped on U.S.
highways have high out of service (OOS) rates for operating without a
drivers license, for not having a legal license to operate the vehicle they were
driving, and for not having hours of service (HOS) logbooks and records
of duty status (RODS) as required under U.S. law. Vehicle Violations:
Vehicles that have been stopped on U.S. highway have high rates of poorly
and inoperable lamps.