Final Clearance Allows Mexican Trucks to Roll In

Teamsters' protests Thursday in a few cities, including Laredo, Texas, and San Diego, Calif., did not stop the final go-ahead for a year-long "demonstration project" by DOT that allows 17 Mexican trucking companies full access to U.S. roads. Eventually, 100 Mexican companies will be admitted; their trucks have been restricted to a small U.S. zone up to now. Web sites of newspapers located in several U.S. cities with international bridges to Mexico indicated the first trucks had not entered by 8 a.m. Friday.

The program started with Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution from El Paso receiving approval Thursday to operate in Mexico and Transportes Olympic of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, receiving approval to operate in the United States. The final OK came when DOT's Inspector General released a report mandated by Congress that said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had taken the steps needed to ensure program can proceed safely.

"This long-awaited project will protect public safety on American highways as we work to both save consumers money and help our economy," said FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill. FMCSA plans to check every truck that crosses the border as part of the demonstration. "Every company, vehicle and driver is subject to a significant and rigorous safety inspection prior to being admitted to the demonstration project," DOT said in a news release Thursday.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue