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Teamsters Raise Safety Concerns about International Trucking

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 14, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced a pilot program that would open the U.S.’s southern border to Mexican trucks and truck drivers shipping goods into the United States. In response, the Teamsters Union argued the program ought to be halted because it puts U.S. motorists at increased risk of accident and injury.

Many experienced attorneys have noticed that truck driver error accidents often result from a driver’s or company’s failure to follow federal safety regulations. Regulations on basic driver health are key, as are regulations that require trucks to meet certain clean-air requirements in order to reduce the risk of asthma and other illnesses among the general population. The FMCSA and DOT pilot program, however, would allow Mexican trucking companies to fall short of U.S. rules in these areas, as long as the trucks and their drivers met Mexico’s requirements. Read the rest »

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