Two additional trucking companies – one from the U.S. and one from Mexico – are cleared to participate in the FMCSA’s controversial cross-border trucking pilot program.
That brings the total number of officially approved trucking companies to four – two from each side of the border.
The latest Mexican company is Transportes Rafa, based in Mexicali, Baja. The American company is IBC Inc., which is based in San Diego.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Rafa, a family-owned company with 40 trucks, hopes to make its inaugural trip next week, hauling a load of fruit baskets from central Mexico to Watsonville, CA.
The program is moving forward in spite of calls from critics and elected officials alike to shut it down.
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have approved measures that, if signed into law, would cut the program’s funding, essentially shutting it down for the 2008 fiscal year.
Critics of the program, including the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, claim that FMCSA has not met the safety requirements for the program and does not have the infrastructure in place to enforce U.S. safety regulations on Mexican trucks.
But, FMCSA administrator John Hill said in a press release earlier this week that the administration is, quote, enforcing tough safety standards at every stage of the pilot program.
– By Land Line staff