Teamsters file suit against DOT to stop Mexican trucks crossing the border

The Teamsters Union on Tuesday filed a legal challenge opposing the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recent decision to open the border to Mexican trucks.

The suit argues the DOT’s final report to Congress violated the Administrative Procedures Act because its conclusion that Mexico-domiciled carriers operate at a level of safety equal to or greater than U.S. and Canadian carriers is arbitrary and capricious. The suit points to the lack of significant data from a pilot program required of the DOT by Congress.

“It is disappointing that the DOT has chosen to ignore the findings of the Inspector General and is moving forward with opening the border to Mexican trucks," Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. "The Teamsters Union will continue to fight for highway safety; the safety of our roads cannot be compromised based on this failed program."

The lawsuit alleges that the Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program failed to test the safety of long-haul operations originating in Mexico and traveling throughout the United States beyond the commercial zones where Mexican trucks are currently allowed to travel.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Joined in filing the suit are the Truck Safety Coalition and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

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