9/12/2011 2:00:00 PM
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Mexican Trucking Company Passes Safety Audit
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The Department of Transportation said Monday it will accept public comments through Sept. 22 on safety authorizations of Mexican carriers to operate in the United States beyond a 25-mile border zone.
In a Federal Register notice published Monday, DOT also said Mexican carrier Grupo Behr de Baha California has passed a safety audit and has obtained a DOT number for operating in the United States.
Last week, DOTâ€™s Inspector General said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration failed to set up several procedures aimed at monitoring and inspecting Mexican trucks that would enter the United States, a move that could delay the program.
Separately, the Teamsters union and the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a lawsuit claiming FMCSA has broken several laws that would ensure that Mexican trucks meet U.S. safety standards.
DOTâ€™s notice Monday said for Mexico-based carriers to obtain a PASA, or pre-authorization safety audit, FMCSA must verify:
• A controlled substances and alcohol-testing program;
• Compliance with hours-of-service rules;
• The ability to obtain financial responsibility;
• Records of periodic vehicle inspections; and
• Qualifications of each driver.
Click here to view and/or comment on the Federal Register notice, or to view it directly, visit www.regulations.gov and drop-down â€œNoticeâ€� and enter Docket No. FMCSA-2011-0097. (U.S. government website.)
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