9/21/2011 11:30:00 AM
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Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration demanding that the agency â€œaddress serious concerns about the safety of Mexican trucks on U.S. roads.â€�
The letter, dated Tuesday, comes in response to a report published by the Department of Transportationâ€™s Inspector General on the cross-border trucking program between the U.S. and Mexico, that showed that FMCSA was not yet prepared to launch a pilot program with the strict level of scrutiny and monitoring of safety performance mandated by Congress.
The agency has yet to transmit a report to Congress outlining the steps taken to address the shortfalls, said DeFazio, the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeeâ€™s highways subcommittee.
â€œTo date, FMSCA has not sent a report to Congress or otherwise communicated plans to address the issues identified by the IG,â€� the letter stated.
â€œYet the agency is moving full speed ahead. On the same day the audit was made public, FMCSA published in the [Federal Register] the application of the first Mexican carrier to successfully complete a pre-authorization safety audit,â€� it said.
â€œI fail to see how the agency is authorized to grant authority prior to meeting all statutory requirements,â€� wrote DeFazio, who has been a leading Congressional critic of the program.
DOT is taking comments through Thursday on the cross-border Mexican truck programâ€™s safety audits.
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