Independent Evaluation Panel Report to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation: U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project   [open pdf - 3MB]

"As requested by the Secretary, this report presents the results of our independent evaluation of the U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project. Our mission was to assess how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented U.S. motor carrier safety policies and regulations for this 12-month project and to evaluate the safety performance of Mexico-domiciled carriers operating beyond the border commercial zone in the United States as part of the project. This report covers our assessment of the project, our analysis of the safety record of the project participants, and our overall observations about the project. Our evaluation covered only the U.S. side of the project, reviewing Mexican carriers operating on U.S. highways, not U.S. carriers operating in Mexico. In order to provide a means for comparing the safety performance of the Mexican carriers participating in the project with that of other Mexican carriers operating in the United States, we also reviewed the safety records both of Mexican carriers that have limited long-haul authority to operate between specific points beyond the U.S. border commercial zone and of Mexican carriers that have authority to operate only within the commercial zone. As agreed, our review did not include examining security matters, environmental concerns, or customs and immigration issues. We had periodic meetings with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General, which was undertaking a parallel review. In light of the Department's announcement on August 6, 2008, to extend the demonstration project by another two years, we present these findings and observations for your consideration."

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