DOT confirms Mexican truck pilot program

| 7/24/2006

In what may be the first word from the U.S. government confirming that the opening of the border to Mexican trucks is close at hand, a DOT official has reportedly been talking about a pilot program involving Mexican trucking companies.

Maria Cino, acting director of the Department of Transportation, is quoted in a Traffic World magazine story published Monday, July 24, as having said that the department could unveil plans for the pilot program as soon as the end of this year.

Cino said it will be a one-year pilot program that will involve as many as 100 Mexican carriers that would be granted full access to U.S. highways. After a year, the program will be evaluated and updated, Traffic World reported.

Ian Grossman, a spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, told Land Line that both sides are negotiating the details of the pilot program, but those details are being kept under wraps for now.

“We’re continuing our conversations with Mexican officials,” Grossman said. “The first step would be a pilot program. It’s clear that the end of the year is the earliest that both sides may be able to begin this pilot program.”

– By Terry Scruton, senior writer