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FMCSA Thursday lists 2 Mexico-based carriers who failed safety audit last year

From the Federal Register notice, it would appear that both carriers failed the PASA based on the element dealing with verifying a controlled substances and alcohol testing program. Once that element was failed, the audit ended and the carriers’ applications were dismissed, according to the notice.

The Trucker Staff

4/5/2013

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that two Mexico-domiciled carriers who applied to participate in the Pilot Program on the NAFTA Trucking Provision have failed the Pre-Authorization Safety Audit (PASA).

The two companies are Transportes Mor SA de CV and Adriana De Leon Amaro.

Because they failed the PASA, the two carriers cannot be granted operating authority to participate in the pilot project.

The FMCSA published a Federal Register notice Thursday to officially announce the two carriers failed the PASA.

The notice says the carriers were the first two to fail the PASA, but the agency website shows nine of carrier’s applications have been dismissed.

The Federal Register notice shows that Transportes Mor’s PASA was completed Sept. 26, 2012 and Adriana De Leon Amaro’s PASA was completed on Nov. 27, 2012.

The FMCSA did not respond to a request to questions asking why the notice of the carriers’ failing the PASA was being published so long after they were completed and why the applications of the other nine carriers had been dismissed.

From the Federal Register notice, it would appear that both carriers failed the PASA based on the element dealing with verifying a controlled substances and alcohol testing program. Once that element was failed, the audit ended and the carriers’ applications were dismissed, according to the notice.

“There is no requirement to provide information to the public on the motor carriers that filed the PASA, and therefore, will not be granted authority to operate in the pilot program,” the FMCSA wrote in the notice. “However, FMCSA committed in previous notices to provide information on the motor carriers that did not pass the PASA.”

Both carriers have CSA scores above the intervention threshold.

Transporte Mor has a Driver Fitness score of 99.1 and a Vehicle Maintenance score of 100. The carrier has a 40 percent out-of-service rate on its vehicle inspections.

Adriana De Leon Amaro has a Driver Fitness core of 95.9 and a Vehicle Maintenance score of 84.4.

Ten Mexico-domiciled carriers have been granted authority to participate in the pilot.

The FMCSA said when the program began that it would require 46 carriers and 4,100 inspections to accurately gauge the success of the project.

Through Wednesday, the latest date for which data is available, there have been 822 inspections performed with one carrier representing over half of the inspections.

The FMCSA website shows that GCC Transporte has been subjected to 497 inspections with a vehicle OOS rate of 20 percent.

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