Cross Border Trucking Deal with Mexico - U.S. Taxpayers expected to Pay for EOBRs for Mexican Trucks
An EOBR is an electronic device attached to a commercial motor vehicle, which is used to record the amount of time a vehicle is being driven. The driving hours of commercial drivers – truck and bus drivers – are regulated by a set of rules known as the hours-of-service(HOS). The HOS are rules intended to prevent driver fatigue, by limiting the amount of time drivers spend driving commercial vehicles.
First in 1995 the US and Mexico started a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to travel throughout the US delivering loads brought in from Mexico. The US trucks were allowed to do the same in Mexico, but environmental issues, safety and security concerns spurred the United States to bar Mexican trucks from being on U.S. roadways.
There has been no indication from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or the Department of Transportation (DOT) or from Mexico that any of these environmental issues or safety and security concerns have been addressed. 16 years later the environmental issues and safety and security concerns still exist, but Obama agreed to allow the Mexican trucks back into the US and at a price too. These Mexican trucks are to be fitted with Electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) that taxpayers in the U.S. are to pay for.
It is OUTRAGEOUS that we will be required to spend our tax dollars to pay for equipment on Mexican trucks; equipment which either the Mexican government or the Mexican carriers themselves should be required to pay for.
If the Mexican truckers want to operate in the U.S., let them pay for their own damn EOBR. This is just a slap in the face of every American truck driver and taxpayer that we will be forced to pay; so Mexican truck drivers can come into the U.S. and take loads and jobs from U.S. truck drivers. This whole cross-border deal is NO GOOD. Mexican truckers should NOT BE ALLOWED any further than they are legally bound now. Drop and hook the loads at the border and be done with it. read more »