Mexican company drops out of cross-border program

| 2/6/2008

One of the companies participating in cross-border trucking program with Mexico called it quits Feb. 1.

Trinity Industries of Mexico withdrew from the cross-border program and reinstated its OP-2 commercial zone authority Feb. 1, according to a notice posted on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Web site.

The departure of Trinity leaves 42 trucks from 12 different Mexico-domiciled motor carriers operating in the U.S. as part of the cross-border program.

The safety records of Trinity – along with three of the other cross-border program participants from Mexico – were called into question by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in the Association’s lawsuit challenging the cross-border program.

Dec. 3, 2007, the Association filed a brief in its challenge of the cross-border program with the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

In the brief, Rick Craig, OOIDA’s director of regulatory affairs dissected data from FMCSA’s own SafeStat database collected and analyzed by OOIDA staff and a paralegal at The Cullen Law Firm, OOIDA’s legal counsel.

“Trinity was cited for 1,123 safety violations in the 12-month time period I reviewed,” Craig testified in the brief. “That is an average of 112 safety violations per vehicle registered with the FMCSA by Trinity.”

The OOIDA lawsuit challenging the cross-border program is set for oral arguments Feb. 12.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor