Trucking Issue could “Cross” into Supreme Court

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

The Cross-Border long haul trucking pilot program is designed to test and demonstrate the ability of Mexico-based motor carriers to operate safely within the United States for up to three years. United States carriers are afforded reciprocity in Mexico. 

Concerns from OOIDA and the Teamsters Union stem from an alleged lack of safety and health standards when compared to U.S. drivers. The assertion is that a Mexican issued Commercial Driver’s License is not comparable to their U.S. counterpart. In July of 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against OOIDA’s claims. 

OOIDA has requested they receive a response from the Supreme Court by the end of November.