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U.S. Trucking Industry Gears Up for Incoming Mexican Trucks

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U.S. Mexico Port of Entry

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.

© 2011, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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3 Responses to U.S. Trucking Industry Gears Up for Incoming Mexican Trucks. - Post a Comment

  1. John Swanson

    Whats new, how were they able to pass this in secrecy? Why are the truckers not doing anything, since it effects us all why don’t we all show up on the white house steps? They are able to do this to us truckers because we haven’t stood together on any issues, if we stood together things would change, but as I sit at the truck stops chatting with fellow truckers I don’t see the unity, no one is willing to go the extra mile, they want to just let Washington sort it out, they don’t have the time, or this or that. You would think that seeing as this will destroy some more US jobs maybe theirs that they would want to do something and get involved. This is why we are getting stepped on and will continue to in the future, basically united we stand divided we fall!

    • Allen Smith

      We are planning the truck driver social media convention in October! Are you attending? Many people speak of unity, but when push comes to shove, the ACTION that it takes to display that unity is something to be desired!
      The sad truth is that many drivers want others to do the leg work for them, putting forth all the effort to “change things” FOR THEM!

      We have a list of speakers at the convention to aid drivers in ALL the issues that are affecting them. AN open forum discussion will also be a part of the event.
      For all those who “speak of unity” we invite you to be a part of it on October 15th 2011 in Tunica, MS

      JOIN US: http://www.americantruckdrivers.com

  2. Jake C.

    I agree with Allen. If you want to get something done, you can’t do it alone. It is necessary for us to make some noise when any “appointed” official is not representing his/her constituency. The major truck companies embraced the new EPA fuel efficiency laws with open arms because it gives U.S. manufacturing an edge over the foreign aftermarket. I hope they will voice their distaste for these new Mexican truck driver measures. Voicing your opinion and staying informed are key.

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