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