Just days after it was announced, more groups weighed in
with heavy criticism of the U.S. Department of Transportation's pilot program
that will allow Mexican trucks further into the U.S. than ever before.
According to The
Washington Post, Debbie Hersman, a member of the National Transportation
Safety Board, questioned how the United States could afford to send inspectors
to Mexico when only a small portion of U.S. trucks are inspected each year.
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator
Independent Drivers Association said that while Congress directed that states
adopt laws on trucks with international shipments, few have done it and not a
single state enforces these laws. He went on to say that state law enforcement
officers have not been trained on what to enforce and how to assure compliance
with U.S. law.
Joan Claybrook, president of safety advocacy group Public
Citizen, hit on the hours of service compliance angle. She said in a statement that
even if inspections do happen, they'll be meaningless because inspectors will
have "no way of telling how many hours these (Mexican) truck drivers have been
driving before they get to the U.S."
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation
is planning a hearing on March 8 to determine whether the program meets safety