Under the new trade agreement between the United States and Mexico, Mexican trucks and drivers could begin hauling freight through out the lower 48 states as early as this month or by September. The agreement, basically signed in secrecy between U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood and Mexican Communications and Transportation Minister Dionisio Pérez Jácome, on July 6th, 2011 continues to draw criticism from opponents.
LaHood stated, “The agreements signed today are a win for roadway safety and they are a win for trade,” but watchdogs such as OOIDA, as well as the Teamsters Union, have voiced their discernment over the deal reiterating that it will create a safety issue for the U. S. trucking industry, the general public and further destroy jobs for the American truck driver and trucking warehouse positions. Many professional truckers across the country have shared their outcries as well against the agreement which they say is a “sellout” against the professional U. S. trucker.
To add insult to injury, the Mexican trucks will receive electronic on-board recorders (EOBR’s), purchased by the U. S. Department of Transportation, and essentially will be paid for by U. S. truckers and motor carriers through the Federal Fuel Tax. The cost for each EOBR is around $2500. American truck owner operators are left to buy their EOBR’s through their out-of-pocket expenses, should they choose to install one, or if the FMCSA decides to make it a requirement under law.
Under the agreement, 300 Mexican carriers will be authorized to transport goods through out the United States over the next three years, reaching a total of 900 by the year 2014. Opponents of the deal continue to claim that it will have a devastating affect on U. S. driver and warehouse jobs during an already fragile economy, and could feasibly cause a large number of smaller motor carriers to close their doors and go out of business for good.
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