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4th Mexican carrier passes FMCSA safety audit

The agency has a three-year target of 4,100 inspections. It said it would take about 46 Mexico-domiciled participating carriers to reach that target.

The Trucker News Services

2/28/2012

WASHINGTON — A fourth Mexico-domiciled motor carrier has passed the Pre-Authority Safety Audit (PASA).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a formal notice Wednesday seeking comments on Baja Express Transportes of Tijuana, Baja, California, Mexico.

Comments will be accepted for 10 days after the Federal Register notice is published.

Passing the audit is the first step toward receiving operating authority to participate in the three-year cross-border demonstration pilot project.

Two other carriers who passed the safety audit — Transportes Olympic and Moises Alvarez Perez — have been granted operating authority.

A fourth carrier — Grupo Behr — passed the safety audit, but concerns about the carrier’s safety record during the public comment period resulted in FMCSA not granting operating authority pending further investigation.

Eighteen other Mexico-domiciled carriers have applied for operation authority and are in various stages of the application and PASA processes.

During that investigation, FMCSA discovered violations involving the Grupo Behr leasing its vehicles to a company with authority to operate beyond the commercial zones, something not allowed under U.S. law, an FMCSA spokesperson said.  FMCSA issued a Notice of Violation to the company. Grupo Behr has submitted a corrective action plan, and FMCSA intends to monitor the company’s operations for six months and reconsider their application for the program at that point. 

FMCSA records show Baja Express Transportes’ audit includes one truck and one driver.

Baja is a new carrier and will not be in SAFER or SMS until it is granted authority, an FMCSA spokesperson said. 

Two FMCSA officials went to Mexico last week to encourage more Mexico-domiciled carriers to participate in the program.

The stated objective of the pilot is to collect and evaluate data on the safety performance of Mexico-domiciled carriers.

That data would then be evaluated to determine whether the program should be made permanent.

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The agency has a three-year target of 4,100 inspections. It said it would take about 46 Mexico-domiciled participating carriers to reach that target.

Juan Carlos Muñoz Márquez, the national president of Canacar, Mexico’s trucking association, said the pilot “is very complicated, it’s very expensive, and to tell you the truth, it hasn’t brought us any benefit.”

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

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