Issues Pertaining to the Proposed NAFTA Cross-Border Trucking Demonstration Project: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Report Number MH-2007-065   [open pdf - 319KB]

"On February 23, 2007, the Secretary of Transportation announced a 1-year demonstration project (also referred to as a pilot program) that would permit up to 100 Mexican motor carriers to begin operating beyond the commercial zones. According to the Department, the demonstration project will start when the first Mexican carrier is granted provisional operating authority by FMCSA to operate throughout the United States. The demonstration project will not include carriers that transport hazardous materials or passengers. In addition, for each time a demonstration project participant crosses the border into the United States, the Department has committed to checking the driver's license and the inspection decal on the vehicle. In announcing the project, the Department referred to this process as checking 'every truck every time.' Section 6901 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 20072 requires the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to review FMCSA's preparations for monitoring and enforcing safety rules among the demonstration project participants. This report presents the results of our initial audit on the demonstration project. According to Section 6901, prior to the start of the demonstration project, the Secretary is to take such actions as may be necessary to address the issues raised in our report and submit a report to Congress detailing such actions."

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