Rampant bribery of public officials is commonplace in
Mexico, and that should call into question the authenticity of any official
documents provided by Mexican truck drivers, according to U.S. Rep. Peter
DeFazio - who chairs the House Subcommittee on
Transportation - made the statement at the opening of a hearing Tuesday, March
13, in Washington on the upcoming cross-border pilot program.
As the hearing got underway, DeFazio made it clear where he
stands on the issue of Mexican trucks on U.S. highways, and questioned why
Mexico isn't letting U.S. trucks go south at the same time that Mexican trucks
will be allowed to come north.
And, he charged that the Mexican truck companies being
chosen to participate in the pilot program are being "cherry picked" to
represent only the best trucks and drivers.