DOT’s MEXICAN TRUCKING PROPOSAL DRAWS IRE OF US TRUCKERS

Friday, January 7, 2011
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
January 7, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

When the U.S. Department of Transportation’s revealed its plans for opening American roads to Mexican trucking companies, the proposal met with the ire of U.S. truck drivers.

“With so much focus in Washington on creating jobs, it’s a bit shocking that the administration would pursue a program that can only rob U.S. drivers of their jobs,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, in a statement released on Thursday.

“While we appreciate that the administration is proposing to allow Congress and the public to weigh in on a future trucking program with Mexico, they seem to be missing the main issue at hand,” continued Spencer. “The onus is upon Mexico to raise their regulatory standards, not on the U.S. to lower ours to accommodate their trucking industry.”

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