U.S. trucking organizations have lost an appeals court challenge to a federal pilot program allowing Mexican truck drivers to cross the border and deliver goods in the United States.
According to Bloomberg news reports, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington late last week rejected an argument by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) that commercial drivers licenses held by Mexican truckers are not valid in the U.S.
Writing on behalf of the Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh opined, “We think the more sensible conclusion is that Congress decided that Mexico-domiciled truckers with Mexican commercial drivers’ licenses could drive on U.S. roads.”
The court also dismissed claims by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that termed medical standards for Mexican truck drivers as not being up to U.S. standards. But the judge wrote that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had determined that the Mexican medical standards provide a level of safety “at least equivalent to the American standards taken as a whole,”
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA, told Bloomberg, “This whole program is a slap in the face to U.S. drivers that go to great lengths to comply with an ever-tightening regulatory noose. If safety were truly a priority, standards would be held high on both sides of the border.”