The Cullen Law Firm, PLLC, filed a motion for its client OOIDA to challenge to the Department of Transportation’s plan to grant permanent operating authority to Mexico-domiciled commercial motor carriers. On January 9, 2015, the DOT submitted a Report to Congress on its findings from a Pilot Program testing the level of safety of Mexican carriers as compared to their U.S. and Canadian based counterparts. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and The Advocates for Highway Safety, as well as several other organizations have filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit challenging DOT’s decision to accept applications by Mexico domiciled carriers for permanent authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services throughout the United States. (Case No. 15-70754). OOIDA’s motion to intervene and participate in that litigation was filed on April 7, 2015. As the largest trade association representing small business truck drivers in the United States, OOIDA has a unique perspective to present to the court regarding the recently complete pilot program and the apparent lack of intent by Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate in full compliance with U.S. statutes and regulation. OOIDA also plans to directly oppose applications by any Mexico domiciled motor carriers through the FMCSA adjudicatory process at the agency level.
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