U.S. Rep claims corruption, scheming in Mexican pilot program

| 3/13/2007

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, D-OR.

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.